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Michael Owen names the three teams that will challenge Liverpool for the Premier League title next season

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Michael Owen insists Liverpool won’t have it all their own way next term (Picture: Getty)

Michael Owen believes Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea will all contend with Liverpool for the Premier League title next season.

Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions for the first time last Thursday following Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Reds narrowly missed out on the title last season, earning a record 97 points as City won back-to-back Championships.

Pep Guardiola’s side are expected to come strong again in pursuit of their former crown and Jurgen Klopp will be wary of the side that amassed 198 points in the previous two campaigns.


However, Owen believes that both Manchester United and Chelsea are on course to challenge as the two teams have both made significant progress in recent months.

Klopp’s side are on course to smash the record points tally in the Premier League (Picture: LFC)

‘I think they’re [Liverpool] a very, very strong team that’s probably going to be strong for some time,’ Owen told Premier League Productions.

‘[But]That’s not to say they can’t be caught. Manchester City are a phenomenal team and if they turn it on we’re going to have a great title race.

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‘Manchester United are the first team outside those two that spring to mind because they’re improving at a rapid rate.

‘Chelsea are showing a lot of intent with their signings. They’ve been banned from signing players for some while but now they’re making a big splash and they’ve got some youngsters coming in.

‘Frank Lampard looks like he has the bit between their teeth. There’s lots of teams that look like they could do it [challenge] but I think they’re the main two [as well as City].’

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After a nail-biting title race last season, City dropped off this term and Guardiola is expected to enter the transfer market to sign a centre-back, a winger and another midfielder.

Liverpool, by contrast, will struggle to improve their starting XI and may only make additions to their squad to supplement what they already have.

Owen believes the Reds do not have any weaknesses, whereas City have a number of areas where they can bridge the gap.

‘Look at their team at the moment,’ said Owen.

‘Of course they have James Milner who is getting on in years but he’s the perfect type of player to have around the dressing room to come off the bench.

‘The main bulk of the squad is at the right age, they’ve certainly got a good few years to play together at the top of their game.

‘Certain teams like City you can say: ‘Right, Fernandinho is getting on now, the full backs are getting weaker’, there’s certain areas they can improve.

‘But I don’t see that with Liverpool I’m not being biased at all but I don’t see players that can come in. Maybe there’s players that can come in as cover for striker or cover as left-back but nobody’s saying someone can go straight into the team.’

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