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2019/20 Premier League: A two-horse race?

The new Premier League season is upon us and Liverpool will be desperate to knock Manchester City off their perch, having missing out on their first-ever Premier League title by a single point last campaign. Jurgen Klopp has remained adamant that the title will be as close as ever this season, and that it won't just feature his side and City at the end. The German has made it very clear he expects the gap to be much closer and the remaining pack to be up to the task this year.

Premier League betting suggests Manchester City are the clear favourites to win a third title on the spin at 1/2, with Klopp's Liverpool side the closest rivals at 13/5. It appears the betting markets don't reflect Klopp's comments about a closer title race, with Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United set to scrap it out for a Champions League spot come next May.

A worrying sign for Liverpool fans is the lack of signings coming through the door. They have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back from a long-term injury which should act as a new signing, as well as Rhian Brewster ready to step up to the first team. But they are lacking a bit of depth and that could end up costing them.

This has shown in pre-season defeats to Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli, as Liverpool's youngsters who have featured have largely failed to show they are ready to make the step up. But Man City have also failed to be very active in the transfer window, and have yet to replace their ex-skipper, Vincent Kompany. The acquisition of Rodri was a hugely significant signing, though, as he provides a long-term solution to a position that could have potentially become a problem due to Fernandinho's age.

Although Man City have talent running throughout their side and the potential to repeat their remarkable success from last year; an injury or two at the heart of their defence could expose a lack of depth in that area and be exactly what Liverpool need to gain the upper hand in what should be another title showdown. However, that is arguably the only weakness in what could be considered the best squad in Europe. Pep Guardiola's ability to improve players means that one of the youngsters such as Eric Garcia could end up being promoted to the fourth centre-back role rather than bringing in an external replacement.

Tottenham have invested for the first time since January 2018, bringing in Lyon's Ndombele for £55m, who impressed on his debut against Juventus during pre-season. Harry Kane also reminded us why he is one of the best strikers in the world, scoring a last-minute winner in that game from the half-way line. They are in a good position to finish in the top four, but they need more signings to take that step up to challenging the top two.

There isn't a case to make for Arsenal nor Manchester United. Arsenal are yet to strengthen a leaky defence, and have arguably lost one of their best players in recent years in Aaron Ramsey. Ramsey was allowed to leave on a free to Italian champions Juventus, who appear to be the kings of the free transfer market in years gone by. Manchester United have added Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to their ranks, but are still plenty short of being able to compete with their noisy neighbours.

Chelsea have a transfer ban hindering them and a new manager who only has one year of experience, which came in the Championship with Derby County. In Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi, they have two players tasked with making up for the departure of Eden Hazard, but that is a huge hole to fill and between them, they will struggle to replicate his contributions.

Once again, despite what Klopp has said, it looks a straight shootout between Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title.