Date: 12th August 2019 at 7:00am
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OPINION

There is a common theme when you look into most pundit predictions for the Premier League title this season, with Liverpool and Manchester City both being tipped massively.

Many believe that the two clubs are set to reignite their battle last season, where the Reds somehow finished second by a point despite only losing one game and clocking up 97 points.

Liverpool go into the season with the added boost of winning the Champions League at the end of their last campaign, something that Pep Guardiola’s side have struggled to do since their rise to the top.

Former commentator John Motson has backed City to end that run and win their first-ever Champions League while continuing the trend by admitting he believes Liverpool will win their first-ever Premier League.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Motson revealed his reasons behind his prediction, claiming the Reds’ squad is on a similar level to Man City.

“I just don’t quite agree with people who say Jurgen Klopp should have gone out and strengthened his squad. As he’s made very clear, there was no need for him to go out and do that, and when I went to Wembley last Sunday and saw his subs coming on, I began to think, hang on a minute, Liverpool’s squad is not in any way inferior,” Motson said.

The commentating legend must be kidding himself with his comments regarding the two side’s strength in depth, with Manchester City clearly having the better options on the bench.

Divock Origi definitely stepped up and became an important player for the Reds last season, but when you compare that to City, who had Sergio Aguero as their back-up striker in their Premier League opener, it is clear to see the difference.

Gabriel Jesus started against West Ham on Saturday but was Guardiola’s back-up option last season coming off the bench 21 times in the league.

Despite Origi scoring some important goals for Klopp last season, when you compare the Belgian with Jesus via WhoScored, City may have something to say about Motson’s remarks.

Jesus scored more than double the amount of goals and averaged more shots and key passes whilst also completing more dribbles – clearly making more of an impact when called upon.

The Brazilian is just one of the many examples of City’s strength, and Motson must be kidding himself if he believes the Reds’ are not even slightly inferior to the champions.