Sky Sports pundit and ex-Tottenham gaffer Tim Sherwood believes Liverpool can challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.
This season’s title race is a foregone conclusion and there are still two months to go. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have been sublime this season and have swept the Premier League board clean of its competitors.
That said, Liverpool are on the up and as the Reds have shown this season, they’re constantly looking for improvement. With a second-place finish on the cards this season, the natural progression from there is to take first place and win the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.
Selling Philippe Coutinho in January hasn’t damaged the club irreversibly and although an FA Cup exit did occur in his absence, Virgil van Dijk’s calming presence at the back has been the perfect signing to help forget about the Brazilian.
The Reds have all but qualified for the Champions League quarterfinals after their 5-0 rout of Porto in the first leg of the Round of 16. It’s Tim Sherwood’s belief that the form displayed by Liverpool makes them City’s closest competitors for next season’s Premier League title.
When asked whether Liverpool can challenge City for the title next term, Sherwood told Sky Sports’ The Debate: “Yeah I think they are the closest team.
“They lost Philippe Coutinho which was a big blow and they coped without him. Still a player to lose like that is a big blow.
“They’re going to have to replace Emre Can and he is an important part and they will have to find that kind of player.”
Sherwood continued, discussing the potential transfer moves Liverpool could make in the summer transfer window: “The Boy from Roma – Alisson – looks a real prospect,” he said.
“There’s a lot of noise coming out of Liverpool about him or else they wouldn’t be tracking them like they are.”
The Reds are two points behind Manchester United and Jose Mourinho’s side still needs to play Liverpool and Man City. Klopp will be looking to seize on any dropped points to push even higher in the table.