Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has predicted the outcome of English Premier League this season which is set to start this 8th August.
The former Liverpool midfielder has predicted that Chelsea will retain their title this season. He also said that the Blues’ experience will give them the edge ahead of other English giants but it would not be as straight forward like last season.
He said: “I think they’ll be pushed much harder this season by Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United. However, when push comes to shove, Jose Mourinho’s team have the winning mentality that is needed.”
On the outside looking in, subsequently are Liverpool, who Redknapp feels just are not quite at the level of last season’s top four. He said that the only way Liverpool can achieve Champions League qualification this season is if either of the other four underperforms.
He added: “Liverpool have signed some good players and I hope my old club can reach the top four but it will probably need one of the other big clubs to under-perform significantly for it to happen.”
He said that the Reds should be disappointed as they are not even is the title conversation, having come so close two seasons ago to the title. He believes that his former team still lacks the firpower of Luis Suarez.
They have invested heavily this summer in Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, but as Redknapp points out, it is about waiting for one of their rivals to slip up.
Last season they lost home and away to Manchester United, and cannot afford similar results this time around. A change in the outcome of the North-West derby may boost Liverpool’s chances, according to the former English international.
If they can reverse that, it would be a huge swing this coming season. United may have improved their midfield but their defence is still shaky, having failed to sign a centre-back this summer, and are placing a risky amount of faith in Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
United’s decision to pass on Christian Benteke was masked at the time he signed for Liverpool by hints they could be signing a top striker of their own, but at the moment, they have yet to do so, and are worryingly over-reliant on Wayne Rooney to score goals, the pundit said.