Premier League's Richard Scudamore hope Manchester City face challenge

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The Reds beat City on three occasions last season, once in the Premier League and twice in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Liverpool FC have been talked up as second favourites to win the Premier League title this season ahead of Manchester City's bitter rivals Manchester United.

"If Liverpool can get some impetus, then we don't know how Manchester City will react under pressure if a team can stay close to them at the end of the season".

"Huddersfield only picked up 13 points in 2018 in the PL and I think they will continue to struggle in the new season".

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City haven't dipped into the deep pockets of their Abu Dhabi owners as significantly as Guardiola's first two summers in charge, but have still strengthened with club record signing Riyad Mahrez.

But City's strength in depth is clear for all to see. Liverpool's weakness in the goalkeeper position has been addressed with the purchase of Brazilian Alisson from AS Roma, and with Virgil van Dijk having settled in following his move in January, Klopp's side look a much more complete package. "They [Manchester City] have been playing some great football". Conte has been replaced by Maurizio Sarri, and Willian has now confirmed that his future lies at Stamford Bridge. "He's a top, top manager and it will be tough".

A number of United's players were involved in the latter stages of this summer's World Cup and manager Jose Mourinho has been outspoken about his desire to add more signings to his squad before Thursday's transfer deadline. "Any help that can come from them, is welcome".

However, he also, maybe surprisingly, thinks Newcastle United will repeat their top half finish, despite a lack of ambition shown in the transfer market.

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