Liverpool may have been on the cusp of winning the quadruple last season, but they are again being tipped to finish second-best to Man City in 2022/23.
Here’s where pundits and journalists think Liverpool will finish this season.
“Liverpool because of Virgil van Dijk. Every time he’s been fit and at his best Liverpool have got mid-90 points.
“Last season he was coming back from that cruciate injury. From Christmas onwards when he was back to his best, Liverpool looked a completely different team.
“If Liverpool get him at his best from the get go, they’ve got a great chance.”
Meanwhile, Carragher’s on-screen colleagues, Gary Neville, Micah Richards and Roy Keane all went for Pep Guardiola’s men retaining their title.
“With the Mane-Roberto Firmino-Salah era over, and given the attributes of the Colombian Diaz plus Fabio Carvalho, Klopp has suggested there could be more versatility to Liverpool’s attack than the 4-3-3 system that has served him so well.
“But there is a significant responsibility on Nunez. How the 23-year-old adapts to his first season at Anfield and in the Premier League – especially in comparison to Erling Haaland at City – could be a key factor in the destiny of the title.”
“Expect them to fight on all fronts again this term and challenge City all the way, securing at least one trophy.
FourFourTwo think Liverpool will again have to settle for being the bridesmaid to City’s bride:
“It’s now all change on the frontline for Klopp & Co – but this may well be yet another case of hard luck losers.”
“I think City will be the team to beat again.
“They’ve strengthened again, they’ve got Haaland in and Kalvin Phillips. They’ve lost [Raheem] Sterling, yes, but they’ve got a deep squad still and players that can play multiple positions. And they’ve got the experience of winning.
“Liverpool will push them hard again.
Interestingly, OptaJoe claimed that Liverpool were favourites for the title, with their predictor giving the Reds almost a 50 percent chance of glory:
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 3, 2022
There is no doubt that the majority believe it will be City who prevail, however, with the Daily Mail another backing Klopp’s team to finish in second:
“Any shortcomings are miniscule in this slick and well-practised side, who combine incredible technical quality with an unbreakable resolve.
“Liverpool’s summer has been a positive and forward-looking one and, ultimately, there’s no question they are the best equipped to take the title fight to City again.”
Over at the Mirror, Liverpool-based journalist David Maddock was one of six who thinks Liverpool will be champions, along with Colin Millar, Matt Maltby, Mark Jones, Darren Lewis, David McDonnell and Simon Bird.
Maddock went into depth to justify his reasoning behind his prediction:
“Liverpool now have a clinical goalscorer in Darwin Nunez, and surely he would have made a difference in the final, when they spurned 24 chances.
“Likewise, City have the goalscoring recognised centre forward they needed in those two semis where they dominated, in Erling Haaland.
“It probably won’t bring more points or even goals – they both had plenty last season – but it may provide the edge in the tightest games at the highest level, which is the margins both are looking for.
“Look out for a tight title contest, with maybe Liverpool getting the luck this time around.”
A total of 22 BBC Sport pundits were asked to give their predictions, with nine of them claiming Liverpool will go all the way.
They include former Reds full-back Stephen Warnock, as well as Jermaine Beckford, who has come to his senses after scandalously tipping Klopp’s side to finish outside the top four last season.
Of the 22, only ex-England goalkeeper Rob Green has Liverpool finishing third – none believe they will be any worse than that.
The media’s predicted finish for Liverpool:
- Guardian: 2nd
- FourFourTwo: 2nd
- Mirror: 2nd
- BBC Sport: 2nd
- Metro: 2nd
- OptaJoe: Champions
- Daily Mail: 2nd
OUR 2022/23 PL SEASON PREVIEWS