John Barnes has backed his former club Liverpool FC to finish second in the Premier League this season.
He expects Manchester City to retain their title, despite being two points behind Liverpool FC in the league this season and having arguably their best player out injured.
He does however expect Liverpool FC to close the 25 points which was the gap between the two sides in last season’s Premier League.
He said in the Daily Express: “They [Liverpool] can challenge City but they are the favourites.
“You can’t finish 25 points behind them last season and be favourites to win it this year.
“I think Liverpool will finish second. City will win the title but we will be closer to them.
“We can win it but City are a great side with a top manager.
“Of course, [Kevin] De Bruyne being out for a while helps [Liverpool] but you can see how well they’re playing.
“We can challenge but I don’t expect them to win the league.”
Despite being perhaps the most exciting side to watch in European football last season as well as reaching the Champions League final, Liverpool FC finished a massive 25 points behind Manchester City last season who broke the 100-point barrier.
Liverpool FC strengthened heavily in the summer, spending £163.45m on goalkeeper Alisson Becker, central-midfielders Naby Keïta and Fabinho, and winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
They currently sit two points ahead of City in the Premier League table, where they share top spot with Chelsea and Watford but are ahead of the two on goal difference.
After only four games however, the early table is perhaps not the best indicator of how things will look come May, and City will certainly be relentless in their pursuit of consecutive Premier League titles.
It is perhaps for this reason that Barnes is not backing his former club to win a first Premier League title in 30 years.
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