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Sky Sports pundits Roy Keane, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have shared their predictions for the 2020-21 Premier League title race.
Defending champions Liverpool ran away with the league last season, ending their 30-year wait for domestic success in emphatic fashion.
Jurgen Klopp finished a whopping 18 points ahead of their predecessors at the summit of the division Manchester City, winning 32 of their 38 league matches.
City and the rest of the trailing pack – in particular Chelsea – spent big in the summer in order to bolster their respective squads and mount formidable challenges against the rampant Reds.
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Those spending sprees, however, have done little to convince Carragher that Liverpool and City will have serious challenges to fend off.
"I still can't envisage anyone else besides Liverpool or Man City winning the league," the former Reds defender said. "I just can't see that.
"I know Tottenham have started really well, I hope they have a great season and there are more challengers, but I just can't see anyone else lifting that league title besides the big two over the last few years.
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"There's no doubt, I would be very strong in putting Liverpool as big favourites for the title but for the injury to Virgil van Dijk, who is not just one of Liverpool's top players, he's one of the top players in the Premier League.
"I think if something similar would have happened to Kevin De Bruyne at Man City, who is there top man, I think we'd say the same about City, so I think it makes for a more interesting race."
Carragher's sentiment is partially shared by Keane, although the former Manchester United midfielder is leaning towards his old's side's bitter rivals retaining the title.
“What I enjoyed most about Liverpool today, as well as their qualities that we know they have and the one or two injuries they have, I always look at teams who have won the league, they have that mindset, the body language, the desire." Keane said after Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Manchester City earlier this month.
"I see a lot of that in this Liverpool team and I still think that it’s going to take a lot to stop this team.
Roy Keane is leaning towards Liverpool retaining the Premier League title
“I know they’re not at their very best, they’re grinding out results, but Jurgen Klopp, in his interview, he’s delighted and thinking that they still turned up here today, with their problems and one or two injuries, Trent getting injured, Milner comes in.
"That’s what winning championships is about, having setbacks, having disappointments but showing a really strong mentality and I saw that today.”
Keane's old United team-mate – Gary Neville- is also seemingly leaning towards the Merseysiders staying top of the heap.
Gary Neville is also expecting Liverpool to retain the Premier League title
When discussing Liverpool's summer acquisition of Thiago Alcantara, he said: "It wouldn’t be ridiculous to suggest there will be a slight drop off, if they don’t somehow stimulate that squad by doing something.
"It is a huge emotional drain on the group of players for three years. To ask them to go again and achieve that same standard would be a superhuman effort.
"Getting them to do the same without amendment to the squad to give them that lift again, that is where signing Thiago would give the big one for Liverpool – to send a message to the rest of the players that we’ve signed one of the best players in the world in that position.
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"He is world-class and would give them a world-class presence in an area of the field where they don’t have a world-class presence. They need that impetus to stay where they are.
"I could be wrong – they could deliver exactly what they did before but looking at history it doesn’t work like that usually."