Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has revealed his predictions for the upcoming Premier League season.
Keown, who began his career at the Gunners in 1984 before returning to the club in 1993, has tipped Liverpool for the title this season – praising their transfer business along the way.
The Reds have added four top signings to the club so far, and could make a late move for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir before the window closes.
But regardless of whether they complete anymore deals, Keown believes that Klopp has successfully strengthened every part of the team enough so for them to be City’s main contenders.
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail, Keown explained why the Merseyside club are his hot favourites for success this season.
“Liverpool have City’s card marked,” he said.
“They were the first team to beat them in the Premier League and saw them off twice in Europe.
“What they lacked was the consistency to mount a title challenge but have spent a fortune to close their 25-point gap on City.
“I feel Jurgen Klopp is on a journey. I played against the Liverpool sides of the late Eighties and they would steamroller their opponents, particularly at Anfield. That is what Klopp’s teams do.
“He has strengthened every compartment of his team. Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk filled the gaps in defence. Now he has added quality in midfield with Naby Keita and Fabinho and spent a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.
“Toppling Guardiola will take some doing but City’s goal will be to win the Champions League. So fierce is the competition that I cannot see one team winning both the league and European Cup.
“There is not the same pressure at Anfield. Maybe, just maybe, this could be their year.”