Jose Mourinho aims early dig at 'serial winners' Liverpool and Tottenham

Liverpool FC finished the Premier League season in fourth place in the table to ensure their continued participation in the Champions League following a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Kiev showpiece. We spoke to Kompany and Walker and they seem so intent to not drop below the mentality and standards they achieved previous year.

Granted, they did well to keep defender Toby Alderweireld at the club after interest from Manchester United but if you're a Spurs fan, you must be struggling to find any sort of optimism going into the new campaign.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes that Liverpool need to exit the Champions League early if they have any chance of winning the Premier League this season.

He added that he feels Manchester City will simply be too good for their rivals, commenting: "I said at the end of last season that to go down as an all-time great team, they need to be serial winners and defend their title, and I think they will do that". I do think they have one over on City.

"The challenge for them is can they repeat that level of energy and that level of focus every three days?, but they are a challenge this year, Liverpool".

'In fact I'm going to stick my neck out and suggest that by May the title will be back on Merseyside for the first time in 29 years'.

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Neville went on to mention Tottenham and Chelsea as challengers despite their lack of transfer activity and managerial teething issues respectively.

"United should be challenging", insisted Neville.

"It looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that".

Manchester City are favourites to be the first team since Neville's United to retain the Premier League, with the chasing pack hoping that a renewed focus on the Champions League might lead to City taking their eye off the defence of their title.

Manchester United have a front six of Mata, Lingard, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial and Sanchez. I told that during pre-season.

'We all know they needed a goalkeeper and they've got one of the best in Brazilian Alisson, while Virgil van Dijk now has his feet under the table as the team's defensive leader.

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