- Darren Bent believes Liverpool face an uphill task of retaining the Premier League title next season
- The former England international instead backed Man City to emerge winners above Chelsea who he has tipped to finish second despite landing an array of signings
- Bent's prediction came just days after Gary Neville also gave Liverpool no chance of reclaiming the EPL title
Former Premier League star Darren Bent has tipped Chelsea to finish above Liverpool next season after a busy transfer window.
The Blues sealed a fourth-place finish last term, a point behind Man United who were impressive in the final stages of the campaign.
And in a bid to become title challengers, the west London club have done extraordinary business in recruiting new players including Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva.
Bent, however, contends the arrivals will not be enough to help Chelsea win the title, with the former Tottenham star claiming the Stamford Bridge dwellers can only manage a second place finish.
He instead backed Man City to reclaim the domestic crown which they lost to Liverpool who were incredible last season.
Bent is therefore not expecting the Reds to put a serious challenge for the trophy as the players "look knackered" just days ahead of the new season.
To complete the top four, the former England international believes Man United are clear favourites to pip rivals Arsenal and Tottenham to a Champions League spot.
"Manchester City I think they will strengthen again, so I think they are the best team. I think Chelsea with all the players they’ve brought in they’re just going to find a way of getting it done, they’ll finish second," he told talkSPORT.
"Liverpool haven’t strengthened enough and their players look knackered to me from what I’ve seen so far, they’ll finish third. I think Manchester United will just pip the rest to fourth," he continued.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the new Premier League season is set to begin in earnest just days after the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign that saw Liverpool win the title.
The new season is scheduled to kick-off on Saturday, September 12, with teams having already discovered their fixtures for the entire campaign.
Liverpool are scheduled to begin their title defence with a home match against newly promoted side Leeds United, with Chelsea set for a tricky away clash against Brighton.
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