Alan Shearer has tipped Liverpool to win what he believes will be another very close Premier League title race.
The Reds notched up the third-highest points total (97) in Premier League history last season but couldn’t end their long wait for a top flight title, finishing a point behind champions Manchester City in a title race which went down to the final day.
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- Man City are the defending Premier League champions.
- Liverpool finished second last season.
- But the Reds haven’t won a title since 1990.
- Shearer believes Klopp’s side will end that wait this season.
- He also tips City to finish second and Spurs to finish third.
Jurgen Klopp has chosen against strengthening his side during the summer transfer window, while Pep Guardiola has added Rodri, Joao Cancelo and Angelino to his domestic treble-winners.
Despite that, and conceding that it will be another nail-biter, Shearer has tipped Liverpool to come out on top this season.
He wrote in his BBC column: “Recent history tells us that it is hard enough to defend the Premier League title, let alone win three in a row, and it would be an unbelievable achievement – another one to add to his list.
“Standing in Pep’s way are Liverpool, who ran City so close last season.
“To have lost the title by one point after only losing one game must have been incredibly hard to take for Jurgen Klopp and his side, but they will be full of confidence having won the Champions League.
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“It is going to be another incredibly tight title race and although I have backed Liverpool to edge it in my pre-season predictions, you could almost flip a coin to pick a winner out of what are two really exceptional teams.
“Tottenham are the best of the rest and should be pretty comfortable in third place – although I don’t see them as title contenders despite them spending about £100m on some major signings this summer, taking Giovani lo Celso on loan, and buying Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon, plus Jack Clarke who has been loaned back to Leeds.”
Liverpool defeated Norwich 4-1 at Anfield in the first Premier League game of the 2019/20 season on Friday, while Manchester City begin their title defence at West Ham the following day.