Ian Wright: Why Liverpool FC can beat Man City to title

Joe Cole was sent off on his Liverpool debut against Arsenal in 2010

They stormed to the title last season, finishing 19 points ahead of second-placed United and breaking numerous records in the process. It takes into consideration a team's form, opponents the team still has left to play, and how well the team has done in previous seasons.

Meanwhile their neighbours and reigning champions, Manchester City, have only acquired Riyad Mahrez and Pep Guardiola has already mentioned that a player to back up Fernandinho would be more than welcome.

The 2018/19 season kicks off on Friday when Manchester United host Leicester City at Old Trafford.

The pair differ on their picks, with Shearer selecting Man City to win the title and Wright naming Liverpool.

However, the Blues swung into action late Wednesday when they agreed to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in a deal which paved the way for Athletic Bilbao 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to move to Stamford Bridge on a seven-year deal worth an estimated £71 million.

And Walker said: "I think we set the bar previous year".

The difference this season is that the Merseysiders have greater strength in depth with the addition of Fabinho and Naby Keita adding increased options in midfield.

"You also have to consider that Liverpool are City's Kryptonite".

Talking of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp's men completed their pre-season schedule with a 3-1 victory against Italian side Torino last night.

City dominated last season by playing possession-based football featuring a number of tactical innovations and it will be fascinating to see to what extent their rivals seek to emulate the approach of Guardiola.

Liverpool FC have won their last three games against Manchester City following a 5-0 loss to the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium at the start of September.

The promoted clubs have been spending big, with Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers particularly active in the market as they look to solidify their return to the top flight.

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