Andy Cole believes Liverpool will push Manchester City really really close in the race for the Premier League title this season.
The former Manchester United forward was asked by Laura Woods what he made of the Reds being challengers for the Premier League title this season and directly asked him if he thought Liverpool had enough in the tank.
“Most definitely, any team to do as well as Liverpool last season, to lose by one point, it’s insane,” said Cole on Sky Sports’ The Debate (Sky Sports Premier League, 22:32, Tuesday, August 13th).
“Liverpool were fantastic last season but were just pipped by a better team, you can take nothing away from Manchester City, they were awesome as well last season.
“I love watching the pair of them play, the way Man City get the ball with their constant passes, I love the way Liverpool play as they work their socks off and pass the ball well as well, and it’s a testament to the Premier League that we have two of the best teams in the country as well as in Europe.
“I think Liverpool will push them really really close this season.”
Woods then asked Cole what he made of Liverpool having a quiet window, and asked whether they were right not to make too many signings.
“Yeah only time will tell on that if you’re going by last season, all the top teams added this season,” added Cole.
“If you look at Liverpool not adding, I think that’s Klopp saying to himself that he has got what he needs, now come January if there are a few problems then, he’ll look to strengthen then.”
Cole avoided stating who would win the league title this season out of Liverpool or Manchester City, which is a testament to how close he believes the title race is. While some may believe that Cole didn’t back either side due to his Manchester United connections, the Red Devil’s are fierce rivals of both sides, given that he openly admitted that he liked watching both sides play that clearly isn’t the case. Also, Cole clearly doesn’t believe Liverpool’s quiet summer transfer window is an issue. Liverpool may have only signed Sepp van den Berg, Harvey Elliott and Adrian in the summer, three players that aren’t an instant upgrade on Jurgen Klopp’s current options, but Cole clearly doesn’t think their lack of transfer activity has put them at a disadvantage. The retired forward also then wisely points out that if Klopp ends up being unhappy with his squad, and shown to be wrong not to strengthen more in the summer, then he won’t hesitate to sign new players in January. The Reds finished with 97 points in the league last season, losing only one game, so maybe Cole is right to imply that Liverpool not going wild in the transfer market may not be a blunder.