The 2021/22 Premier League campaign saw another fantastic battle played out between Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team.
At one point in the season Klopp’s side trailed City by 14 odd points, but having picked up wins in both of the domestic trophies, they closed the gap to a single point and took the race for the title down to the final day of action – in fact pretty much the final ten minutes of action of the final round of fixtures as Liverpool saw their efforts in a 3-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers count for very little as City staged a magnificent fightback over Aston Villa to secure the title with a 3-2 win.
With the 2022/23 campaign getting underway this weekend, both sides are again top favourites amongst the bookies, and both sides have significantly strengthened their front line – City have added 22-year-old former Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland to their attack for a reported fee of £51.2 million, whilst Liverpool saw Sadio Mane depart for Bayern Munich, and replaced him by spending big on 23-year-old former Benfica attacker Darwin Nunez – a reported £64 million outlay.
With build up to this weekend’s big kick off well underway now, former Premier League stalwarts Richard Dunne and Glen Johnson recently sat down with Betway Insider to discuss each sides’ chances of lifting the title in the coming campaign, and with more than 550 combined appearances for each team during their respective spells with City and Liverpool they know what they are talking about.
Topics covered which was the best manager, Guardiola or Klopp, which side was now the biggest in football given the success they have had, and naturally, who would ultimately win this years domestic title. With big spending at the top of the pitch from both clubs, understandably the former playing duo also briefly discussed which side had the best front three.
Former Republic of Ireland international centre half Richard Dunne stuck with City:
“Foden is an unbelievable footballer, Jack Grealish is going to improve massively this year, then you add in Erling Haaland – I don’t think Nunez is going to have the same impact as Haaland, so yeah I’m going to go for City.”
Whereas, and rather predictably, former England right back Glen Johnson sided with Liverpool:
“So I’m doing it with Haaland out of the equation as he hasn’t done anything yet, but obviously Nunez is my gamble. I think Diaz is top class, Mo Salah is probably the best striker in the league. If Nunez can get it right with the other two, I think that three will be more dynamic than the others until Haaland performs.”
It will be interesting to see which player settles into the English top flight the quickest as given their careers so far, and their youth, there is plenty of optimism and excitement surrounding what both Haaland and Nunez could bring to the English game, but that is, of course, making the assumption that they both settle into life in England and then can adjust to the pace and physicality of the Premier League itself – as there are plenty of good players who have failed to make the adjustment previously.
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