Premier League: Both Liverpool and Spurs have the verve to run City close

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have started the season strongly
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have started the season strongly

Man City are strong favourites for the Premier League title this season, but Luke Moore thinks Liverpool and Spurs can run them very close, and possibly even pip them...

"Free-scoring Liverpool have started the season brilliantly aside from a sloppy reversal at Burnley, and don't have any European competition to contend with this season, something that'll serve them very well towards the back end of the season when City are expected to go deep in the Champions League as well as at a domestic level."

Pep Guardiola's Man City made it six wins out of six in the league so far this season with a comfortable win at Swansea, and, even at this early stage, a four point lead is a significant one. But two other sides recorded decent wins on Saturday and are looking full of confidence, positivity and verve - Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool and Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham.

It is without question that City are the best side in the division, and given their manager's track record are worthy short-priced favourites (1.738/11) to lift the Premier League trophy for the third time in six seasons, but it's a long, drawn-out campaign, and should his charges falter at any point, the Reds (6.611/2 and the Lilywhites (19.5) look best placed to take advantage; Manchester United currently look combustible and inconsistent, and it would be a surprise to no-one to see Arsenal fall just short again.

Free-scoring Liverpool have started the season brilliantly aside from a sloppy reversal at Burnley, and don't have any European competition to contend with this season, something that'll serve them very well towards the back end of the season when City are expected to go deep in the Champions League as well as at a domestic level. They also have the advantage of already playing Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea away from Anfield.

Spurs also have top level European football to distract them as well as the blow of Harry Kane out for a considerable amount of time, but their defence (just three goals conceded so far - the best in the division), strength in depth and team identity is strong - see their 5-0 destruction of Gillingham midweek (wholesale changes, no fewer than 32 shots) for proof that fringe players are ready to step in and make a difference - not to mention a narrow disappointment in last year's campaign to fire them up to go a couple of steps further this time.

Ultimately, this season's winner could well prove to be the side that performs best in games featuring these three teams, and it's honours even so far after Spurs and Liverpool duked out a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane late last month.

Next up for Man City? Spurs away. If Poch's men can put a dent in that perfect record of Guardiola's, it could well be game on.

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