Rio Ferdinand has admitted that it hurts to see Liverpool and Manchester City improve so much while Manchester United struggle in the transfer market.

The Premier League is back on Friday and the return of football will be very welcome after the non-stop speculation of the last few months.

Although the transfer window can be unbearable at times, it’s been great to see the work that Liverpool have conducted. Alisson, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri were all signed while Naby Keïta completed his move to Anfield a year after an agreement was reached with RB Leipzig.

The players Jürgen Klopp has brought in have prompted many in the media to suggest that Liverpool could win the Premier League this summer or finish as a very close second to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

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Rio Ferdinand has spoken about Liverpool’s work in the transfer window and has admitted that the Reds are the most likely to challenge Manchester City for the league title.

He said: “They have brought in a £60million goalkeeper (Alisson), I think Naby Keïta will make a great impact, we know of Xherdan Shaqiri’s quality, and they have added Fabinho to the mix as well.

“I’m a United fan, and I want to see them win the title, but I fear it’s going to be very difficult for that to happen this season.

“I can’t see past City and Liverpool as the top two — and to say that about the two clubs who wouldn’t be top of any United fan’s Christmas card list is horrendous.”

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