With less than 24 hours to the kick-off of the 2017-18 Premier League season, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has rated Manchester City as title favourites.
City have had a busy summer in the transfer market, bringing in Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Danilo and Ederson ahead of the highly-anticipated season which begins Friday.
The Etihad club finished third last season, 15 points behind winners Chelsea. And Klopp believes the Pep Guardiola’s men will perform much better this time.
“The favourites must be Manchester City actually. They played some incredible football last year and had just a couple of problems,” the German told DAZN.
“They are definitely the favourites. Manchester City is in attack mode, that is obvious.
“They already had an incredible team last season and then Jesus joined them and I thought, ‘Oh my goodness’.
“I mean he is very young and really strong. Incredible player – and now they got some defenders as well. They will be interesting to watch.”
Liverpool will begin their Premier League campaign against Watford in Saturday’s early kick-off, as City will be hosted by newly promoted brighton same day.
“I’m obviously wishing for the highest possible finish,” Klopp said.
“Manchester City being the favourites, doesn’t mean they are going to end up winning the title.
“They are my favourites, but we can gather our points without looking at them, since we only play them twice. So we don’t really need to think too much about them.
“The other teams aren’t stagnating as well. They will try everything too. We for our part will try to stabilise in the top region [of the table] and we will try to take the next step.”
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