LIVERPOOL have won the title by 18 points but it won’t be a one-horse race again next season.
Manchester United and Chelsea will join second-placed Manchester City in making sure Jurgen Klopp doesn’t find it another cruise at the top.
Liverpool are champions this year, but next season it will be closer[/caption]
The Big Four are all back in the Champions League following the final fixtures yesterday.
United have been on an unbelievable run of 14 games unbeaten in the league and once again, in their 2-0 victory at Leicester, the brilliant Bruno Fernandes was key to their success.
His pass to Anthony Martial was sublime and, after the Frenchman was fouled, he stuck away the penalty for the opening goal.
Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team can get back to where their fans believe they belong depends on who they get in.
They obviously need strengthening. They need three or four if they want to challenge for the league.
Certainly going forward is not going to be an issue — Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford are only going to get better.
But defensively and in goal, with David De Gea, is an issue. How you solve a problem like De Gea is the big question Ole has to tackle over the next few weeks.
The Spaniard looked shaky again yesterday. There were one or two incidents where he didn’t fill his back four with any confidence.
David De Gea’s form for Manchester United has put a question mark over his future[/caption]
It will be a massive decision for Ole whether to replace him — and I don’t see the point of bringing back Dean Henderson from Sheffield United unless he is going to make him his NO1.
That said, at least De Gea kept a clean sheet, they got the job done and now have the chance to win the Europa League.
On top of Champions League football, that would be an unbelievable season for them if they can do that.
It is the same with Chelsea. They had a great result yesterday against Wolves and can win the FA Cup on Saturday against Arsenal. What a great first season for Frank Lampard that would be.
That is without being able to spend and losing their best player in Eden Hazard. Lampard has rotated their youngsters very well.
Winning the FA Cup would cap off a glorious first season as Chelsea manager for Frank Lampard[/caption]
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Tammy Abraham had a great start and Mason Mount (left) has enjoyed an impressive season.
It could be a brilliant campaign for Chelsea and in the next one, with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech already signed, they will surely accumulate far more than just two thirds of the points Liverpool amass, like they have this time.
It will be a lot closer. I don’t think anyone will dominate like Liverpool have done this season.