Premier League top four: Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal? John Barnes gives verdict

MANCHESTER CITY will retain their Premier League crown this season with Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United making up the top four.

That’s according to Reds legend John Barnes.

Pep Guardiola’s side were imperious last year as they became the first club to break the 100-point barrier.

City are the hot favourites to finish top of the pile again this time around but with their rivals strengthening well in the transfer window, they face stiff competition.

Liverpool have splashed out £175m on new faces while Chelsea and Arsenal could be surprise packages under their respective new managers.

“I think Man City are favourites once again.”

Liverpool legend John Barnes

Tottenham failed to bring in any signings and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has grown frustrated over a lack of new arrivals and a disappointing pre-season campaign.

But despite both clubs’ worries, Barnes has backed them to retain their places in the Champions League.

“Well I think Man City are favourites once again, because of the way they played last season,” he told the Mirror.

“I don’t expect them to get as many points, score as many goals and be as dominant. But I think they will win.

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“I actually think Liverpool will get the closest. Not just because of the harmony they’ve had since Jurgen Klopp has been there, but also the signings they’ve done early.

“They got Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri – they’ve done their business early. Had they not got to the final of the Champions League last season I actually think they could have finished second.

“But with a stronger squad now and the harmony and together that they have, added to the quality that they already have, I make them second favourites.

“Manchester United, you know the harmony isn’t great there, but they’ve obviously got great players, a great manager.

“But the harmony is so important and if they get caught too far behind they’ll have trouble catching up.

“Tottenham haven’t signed anybody. But they’ll want to get the players and team already have to challenge for a top four spot.

“Arsenal are an interesting one, because with a new manager coming in he will change things…but with largely the same players. That will take time.

“Chelsea with a new manager coming in as well – and I think they’ll both be battling it out for fourth.”

United kicked off the new Premier League campaign last night with a 2-1 win over Leicester.

Spurs visit Newcastle later today before Chelsea take on Huddersfield.

Liverpool welcome West Ham to Anfield tomorrow ahead of City’s trip to the Emirates to take on Arsenal.

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