Heskey reveals what he has noticed about the title race this season

The Premier League title race for the 2021-22 campaign will go on to be a tough one as four clubs are currently being tipped to fight for the league.

Manchester City are the defending champions, Liverpool won it two seasons ago and Chelsea are the champions of Europe.

Liverpool legend Emile Heskey is backing his former side to win the league if their key players remain fit, and he has also tipped Chelsea and Manchester City to be contenders as well.

Heskey also admitted that Manchester City’s playing style regardless of the players involved make them different from the rest.

“The key for Liverpool is can they keep their starting XI fit? If they keep their starting XI fit, this is a title-winning team,” Heskey said on the Seaman Says podcast.

“This is the fascinating thing with Manchester City. When you take players out of Man City, they still play the same way and I think it’s the only team in the league where you see that and they play the same way.

“You bring [Riyad] Mahrez out, you can put [Phil] Foden out there. Bring Foden out, you can put Raheem [Sterling] out there. Bring out Raheem and you can put [Gabriel] Jesus out there and they still play exactly the same way. They still make exactly the same runs.

“When you take Salah, Mane and Firmino out of the Liverpool team, it looks different and they have to adapt.

“City are the only team that don’t adapt and they play exactly the same way. But again, if Liverpool keep the same starting XI, I think that’s a title-winning team.”

Asked which team will win the title, Heskey replied: “If Liverpool can keep their starting XI fit, I’ll say Liverpool.

“It’s good! For years, you would just say it was between Arsenal and Manchester United.

“But now you’ve got two, three or four teams – Chelsea you’ve got to throw in their if they start picking up a head of steam – and it makes it a lot better.”

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