Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea? Paul Merson predicts who will win Premier League title next season

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea? Paul Merson predicts who will win Premier League title next season Arsenal legend Paul Merson has predicted who will win the Premier League next season (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has predicted who will win the Premier League title next season, with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United hoping to catch dominant champions Liverpool.Jurgen Klopp’s side have dominated English football this term, winning 31 of their 37 Premier League fixtures to date to storm 18 points clear at the top of the table and secure their first domestic title for 30 years.Manchester City, who were bidding to win a third successive title, will be looking to respond with a stronger challenge next season, while the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea now appear better-placed to compete with Liverpool.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited have still not lost in the Premier League since Bruno Fernandes joined the club in January, while Chelsea are enjoying an impressive season under new manager Frank Lampard are are set to welcome new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to the club.ADVERTISEMENTBut despite the strength of Manchester City and the progress of United and Chelsea, Merson expects Liverpool to defend the title next season.The Arsenal legend told StarSport: ‘I would be surprised if they [Liverpool] didn’t go on and do it again next season. Liverpool fans party into the night at AnfieldTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00FullscreenLiverpool fans party into the night at Anfieldhttps://metro.co.uk/video/liverpool-fans-party-night-anfield-2215744/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Manchester City are a brilliant team, make no mistake and they can blow anyone away on their day.‘But Liverpool are more consistent. They can win games when they are not playing well and City haven’t been able to do that because their defence hasn’t been as good.’Merson added: ‘It’s shame Liverpool had to lift the Premier League trophy in front of an empty stadium at Anfield.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I can remember the last time Liverpool won the title in 1990, because I was in the Arsenal side that did the same thing the following season.‘Back then you knew if you finished above Liverpool then you’d basically be champions. They were so dominant at that time.‘But I think their fans will definitely get the chance to celebrate a Premier League trophy presentation inside Anfield in the future, because this won’t be the last time Liverpool win the title.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Premier League final day TV schedule, fixtures, channels and streamsMORE: Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool transfer target Thiago Alcantara Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 25 Jul 2020 10:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Di Canio hits back at O’Neill

first_img Di Canio insisted, however, that no argument took place. “It never happened,” he said. “There was a typical meeting, as there was after every game to see the clips and analyse the game. “Maybe there was opinion but this happens in every good family.” Even though his first foray into top-flight management ended in acrimonious fashion, it has not quelled Di Canio’s confidence and he remains hopeful of finding another job in England. “I was too good, my level was too high,” he said of his experience at Sunderland. “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. I can’t wait to have another chance with the right people. I feel a better manager than before. “Even if I have requests from around Europe I say no. “There is no space for me in England at the moment but I will wait. “It would be stupid for a chairman not to call me. Even if it’s at a Championship club with a project.” Press Association Di Canio, who led Sunderland to Barclays Premier League survival last season before being sacked after five games of the current campaign, told Sky Sports News on Friday: “I don’t know if he knows the meaning of this word charlatan. Probably I can teach him, even if I am not English. “I respect the opinion of manager Martin O’Neill but the fact that he spoke after six months, not straight away, that proves what kind of level he is. He is not very big. “A charlatan is a manager who spends £40m to be a top 10 club and then sees the club sink into the relegation zone.” Di Canio stood by his claim that the Black Cats players were not in peak condition when he arrived on Wearside. “The fitness levels were pathetic,” he said. “I had players who told me they had cramps from driving the car. “I had three players with injuries in the calf after 20 minutes of a game. Six different players with problems means they were not fit.” Di Canio was dismissed after a 3-0 defeat at West Brom, a result which was reportedly followed a day later by a training ground bust-up with senior players which led them to ask the board to take action. Paolo Di Canio has hit back at Martin O’Neill as the war of words between the former Sunderland managers continued. Di Canio succeeded O’Neill at the Stadium of Light in March and, on his arrival, criticised the fitness levels in the squad. O’Neill took his time to respond but following his appointment as Republic of Ireland boss earlier this week, he dismissed Di Canio’s barbs and labelled the Italian a “managerial charlatan”. last_img read more