Reds legend John Aldridge expects Liverpool and Manchester City to slug it out at the top of the Premier League again next season.
Jurgen Klopp pushed Pep Guardiola all the way to the final day in the 2018/19 Premier League title race, with City just pipping Liverpool to the post.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Aldridge claimed that Klopp’s side are the only team who come close to the league winners right now.
“The well-oiled (pun intended!) Manchester City machine will have some fresh parts added to it this summer, as the club with unlimited funds try to ensure Liverpool get no closer to them in the Premier League title race,” Aldridge said.
“Vincent Kompany’s exit is a blow because John Stones is nowhere near good enough to fill that void and play at the top level of the game and will not be a serious replacement for a talisman who did so much for City prior to his exit to take up the role as Anderlecht player/coach.
“I’m also interested to see what happens with Leroy Sane because he is far too good to sit on the bench and ear big money for doing nothing. If he is not a first choice starter for manager Pep Guardiola, Sane should look to move on and get regular football elsewhere.
“Overall, they don’t need to tweak too much to remain the dominant force in the Premier League and so long as Guardiola is in place, any side with ambitions to win the title will need to find a way to finish ahead of City and that won’t be easy.
“Liverpool are the only team that will come close to competing with them and I expect to see the same two teams at the top of table next season.”