Can Manchester City close the gap on Liverpool next season?

Liverpool and Manchester City have dominated the Premier League over the last few editions of the competition, with both sides continuing to set new records each season that other clubs within the division will forever struggle to compete with, unless things completely change. Rest assured, though, BookiesReviews will continue to find the best odds that keep Manchester City within touching distance.

However, the Reds appear to have turned things up a gear, as they have completely dominated everyone put in front of them, especially when playing their fixtures at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool

In truth, Jurgen Klopp has completely transformed the whole club over the years and changed the whole look that Liverpool had before he arrived in the dugout and has stacked his squad with talented players in every single position.

With men like Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho helping to solidify the defence at different levels on the pitch, whilst the emergence of Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold as attacking wing-backs has been incredible, as has the transformation that Jordan Henderson has undergone since the German manager arrived.

With a deadly front trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino (even if he struggled to have the same impact that he has had this season), defences would be right to be rather nervous and tense ahead of the encounter.

Man City have problems that need to be addressed

Therefore, things on paper would appear rather difficult for Manchester City to close the gap, especially as they have their own potential problems that still need to be addressed ahead of the next Premier League season.

For instance, an argument could be had that there is no leader within the defence of the side and there has not been one since Vincent Kompany left the Etihad Stadium to join Anderlecht, whereas there is also a concern with ageing talent and perhaps not the right combination of youth coming through.

David Silva is set to leave as soon as the 2019/20 campaign finishes, whilst men like Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho are entering the twilight stages of their careers and do not appear to have too much more they can give to Pep Guardiola’s side.

Of course, men like Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus continue to be effective, as do Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez, but perhaps there is not the quality in depth needed at a club like Man City. Phil Foden has certainly caught the eye following the restart of the Premier League, but there are not many other young talented individuals to speak about at the moment.

Verdict

Nevertheless, Manchester City showed as recently as July 2020 that they continue to compete with the Merseyside outfit and eased past them with an emphatic 4-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium. Admittedly, Liverpool had already completed the hard work in winning the title, so there could be an argument that they simply were not at the races, however there could also be an argument that the Citizens still have plenty to say for themselves and wanted to let their title rivals know that things would not be easy as they try to retain the trophy.

The coming seasons will be extremely interesting to watch and there will be a hope that the Citizens can close the gap on the Reds, otherwise fans of the Premier League could find it difficult to muster any enthusiasm if Liverpool remain the only side capable of winning the title.