Liverpool legend doesn’t think Manchester United will win the league despite 5-1 win over Leeds United

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Liverpool legend John Barnes predicts Manchester City’s toughest challenge will come from Liverpool as they prepare to defend their Premier League title.

However, Manchester City started the campaign with a defeat to Tottenham, with Pep Guardiola’s expensive squad lacking form and intensity against a determined Spurs.

Surprisingly, Barnes has backed Liverpool and City to win the league and doesn’t see Manchester United as a threat to the title.

Speaking to, former Liverpool and England winger John Barnes said: “Liverpool absolutely do have it in them to win the league, but so do Manchester City.

“My guess is that Liverpool and Man City will grab the two top spots followed by Manchester United and Chelsea — not necessarily in that order.

“I think as long as Liverpool can keep everybody fit, or at least the main players, that in itself should go along way.”