Former Liverpool and Manchester City defenders Glen Johnson and Richard Dunne have gone head to head to make their predictions about the season ahead.
Holding up red or blue signs to answer their questions, the pundits shared their thoughts on the state of Liverpool and Man City’s squads, respectively.
After going all the way through the goalkeeper, defence, midfield, attack, and even the managers, the pair then made their predictions about this season’s title race.
Ex-Red Johnson admitted that, though it pained him to say it, he couldn’t see past City winning the league once again, even though Jurgen Klopp’s side ran Pep Guardiola’s champions very close last season.
“Again, it pains me to say it … world class manager, world class signings, world class squad,” Johnson said of City.
“I just think it’s going to be up against Liverpool this season to try and bridge the gap.”
Dunne added: “I think Liverpool will be looking at City and thinking hopefully they take their eye off the ball a little bit, but they don’t. They keep going and going. Man City are relentless, they keep going, and I fancy them to win the league again.”
City won the title last season on the final day, beating Aston Villa 3-2 to just edge Liverpool by just one point.
With the signings of Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips this summer, City continue to go from strength to strength, and it could now be even harder for LFC to keep up with them.
The player Dunne and Johnson agreed on being the best, however, was Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgian maestro continues to shine in the Premier League, with Dunne saying he’s probably the best player in Europe right now, while Johnson agreed he’s his favourite player out of anyone in the City or Liverpool squads.
“He’s the best player, certainly I think in the Premier League,” Dunne said. “I think he’s possibly the best player in Europe. He’s, for me, the reason I think Belgium have a chance of winning the World Cup this year.”
Dunne also singled out manager Pep Guardiola as being key for City, saying: “His win record is insane. Everyone who works with him loves him.”
It’s certainly going to be a thrilling title race again this year, but Liverpool didn’t get off to the best start with a 2-2 draw away to newly-promoted Fulham on the opening day of the campaign.