Liverpool had their first-ever Premier League title snatched away from them at the first time of asking as Manchester City took back their crown, winning their third title in four seasons.
The champions may not have spent the most collectively this summer, but they did break the British transfer record as they signed Jack Grealish for £100million from Aston Villa.
Pep Guardiola missed out on Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer as the Catalan was unsuccessful in his search for a centre-forward, and City got off to a shaky start after losing 1-0 to Tottenham.
However, back-to-back 5-0 home victories against Norwich and Arsenal have ensured that they are back in full flow and Phil Thompson still believes that Grealish will be enough to deny his former side, as he expects City to prevail again.
When speaking about Liverpool's potential Premier League title challenge, Thompson said: "Liverpool will be far better with the players that are coming back.
"It will change the dynamic how Liverpool will play with just Van Dijk there offensively, rather than defensively.
"If everybody stays fit, we [Liverpool] can compete with anybody.
"If Chelsea continue their good form, and Manchester United’s signings have a big impact they could both have good seasons too."
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Despite his initial confidence, the signing of Grealish has changed the former Soccer Saturday pundit's mind.
"Before Jack Grealish signed, I would have said Liverpool are a good shout for the title, but now he [Grealish] has made all the difference to City’s title challenge,” he added.
Liverpool are currently unbeaten in the league, taking seven points from their first three games, whereas City sit two places behind them and a point adrift.
The two sides meet first at Anfield on October 3, and Liverpool will be looking to seek revenge for their 4-1 thrashing dealt by Citylast season on their way to clinching the title.
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