Rio Ferdinand reveals what can make Chelsea and Co beat Liverpool to the title

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The new Premier League season is set to resume this weekend, and we are all excited about this development.

The biggest question ahead of the new season is whether Liverpool will retain their title, which they deservedly won last season by a mile.

Manchester City finished 18 points behind the Reds, while Manchester United and Chelsea were a whopping 33 points.

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand is backing Liverpool to regain the title they won last season after a 30-year wait, but he believes it will only happen of they have a fit and injury free squad, as they have failed to strengthen their squad in the summer.

Ferdinand told TEAMtalk: “No one can say Liverpool had a freak season because they finished so far ahead of their rivals, but they did have one big factor on their side that they cannot guarantee going forward.

“The key for them has been having their key players fit for the best part of two seasons.

“It has been massive and what we have yet to find out is how they will cope if they are to lose a few big names for an extended period.

“Virgil van Dijk has played nearly every game for two seasons and it’s hard to keep that going. Mo Salah has been fit for all the big games and so has Sadio Mane. If they lose one of two of their players with big injuries, then we will see something else from them.

“What have they got in reserve to come in for these proven stars and maintain this level of consistency? That’s what we are waiting to see.”

Rio is backing not only Manchester City, but Manchester United and Chelsea to challenge Liverpool, if there is any slip-up.
He added: “Questions will be asked of this Liverpool team and their recruitment from this point forward.

“Their front three have been fit consistently and they might need to look at having some better quality in reserve if Salah or Mane, in particular, are out for a long period.

“When I look at the teams I played in when we were winning titles every season at Manchester United, we never had two seasons when all the top players were fit for the big games, so Liverpool have had some fortune there and obviously do things right on the medical side as well to get their players right.

“If they can continue to keep those players fit, I don’t see Liverpool being stopped this season, but it is unlikely that will happen year after year. If things change with the personnel, it opens it up for the other teams and not just Man City.”

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