Former Blackburn and Chelsea striker Chris Sutton does not expect Liverpool to match their 99 point total from this campaign, but he still believes their only challengers next season will be Manchester City.
The BT Sport pundit simply feels the standards set by the Reds will make it impossible for rivals, such as Chelsea and Manchester United, to catch up:
“I can’t see Liverpool getting 99 points again, so we should see more of a challenge from City. Why don’t I think Chelsea or Manchester United can join the race?”
“The standards set by Liverpool and City are too high. Frank Lampard’s side finished fourth but lost 12 league games. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were consistent towards the end of the season but will struggle to maintain that over an entire campaign.”
Of course, anything can happen next campaign, but it would take a huge drop off from Liverpool, and a big leap from the likes of Chelsea, for them to be competing for the title.
Jurgen Klopp’s men finished 33 points ahead of both the Blues and United, and while there can be huge changes between seasons, Sutton is right to point out that the gap is massive.
With Manchester City having had their Champions League ban lifted, you’d expect them to spend heavily this summer and, if that is the case, they will undoubtedly be the main threat to the Reds retaining their title.