Expected position of the Guardian book Second (note: this isn’t necessarily Andy Hunter’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)
Last season’s position Second
League winning odds (via Oddschecker) 5-2
There is a touch of the unknown about Liverpool this season, unusually, as Jurgen Klopp began his first full career at Anfield. Without Sadio Mane Looking forward to a group of young talents Led by Darwin Nunez To make up for the undeniable loss of the international Senegal. However, there is no doubt that Liverpool are the best equipped team to deny Manchester City a hat-trick of Premier League titles.
Dreams of an unprecedented quadruple play evaporated in the final seven days of last season – an added catalyst this time around – but Klopp’s side are developing well with Luis Diaz and Ibrahima Konate shining in their first campaign. Action this summer – signing Núñez before letting Mane leave, finally Insurance of Mohamed Salah’s services For another three years and removing any contract deviations in one fell swoop, the right back cover dropped for an initial £4m. In Calvin Ramsay and then nico williams sale At four times that price – it was further evidence of the good performance at Anfield despite the departure of sporting director Michael Edwards.
With the era of Mane, Roberto Firmino and Salah ending, and given the traits of Colombian Diaz as well as Fabio Carvalho, Klopp suggested there might be more variety in Liverpool’s attack than the 4-3-3 system they served so well. In Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones, he has two other young pedigrees ready to take the next step. But there is a huge responsibility on Nunez’s shoulders. How the 23-year-old is adjusting to his first season at Anfield and in Premier League – especially compared to Erling Haaland at City – could be a major factor in the title’s fate.