2018-2019 Premier League Preseason Rankings: 1-4
With the Premier League season only weeks away, it’s time to preview the upcoming twenty clubs in competition. We’ll do five editions of the rankings starting with the top four.
Liverpool have made fantastic signings so far during the summer transfer window. Their midfield is their strongest option in offense and defense with the additions of Fabinho from AS Monaco and Naby Keita from RB Leipzig. Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City serves as a wing threat super sub for the team and can make a good contribution. The front three remains the same with all eyes on Mo Salah after a disappointing and controversial World Cup performance. Nevertheless, if he duplicates half of what he did, Liverpool are the title favorites this season. Along with new goalkeeeper Allison from AS Roma, understudy Loris Karius won’t be relied upon as much as last season, especially for any major blunders as it’s doubtful he’ll appear in European matches , and may serve as an English League and F.A Cup performer. At this point with the squad set and potential high in the lineup options, this is manager Jurgen Klopp’s best chance for a title post-Coutinho.
2. Manchester City
Manchester City will have their work cut out for them this year. The league is better around them than last season, with lower tier teams showing their teeth. Despite City’s amazing run last year, it’s not simple to duplicate. They’ve started strong in transfers bringing in Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City who serves as a great wing and midfield threat. City are bringing back the same team as last year as there shouldn’t be too many changes. Yet with all that, this team just doesn’t seem to edge Liverpool unless more signings are made before the deadline.
3. Manchester United
Manchester United have a lot of players on the radar and no doubt they’ll acquire plenty of them. There’s also players currently on the roster that could be sent away. With the roster incomplete as of this point, everything lying on potential in the short list, there isn’t too much to go on except that this team is extremely talented . Paul Pogba returns a World Cup winner, Romelu Lukaku showcased his talent over exceedingly, and there are plenty of English players in this squad who got their chance to shine and did. Yet there were some who didn’t with David De Gea putting in an unrecognizable performance for Spain. Alexis Sanchez’s Chile didn’t even qualify, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, and Juan Mata weren’t selected to be in their country’s squads, and from there there’s so much that manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t know in the current team. He needs to find the stars, root out the busts, and turn United into a title winning team this season or he stands the chance of having to look for another job in the future. Right now, third seems reasonable for the team that finished second last season.
4. Tottenham Hotspur
The Spurs remain unchanged at this point. Things are looking up for them as they’ll be in their new home stadium at New White Hart Lane where they’ll surely get comfortable. They’re looking to lockdown Jack Grealish from Aston Villa as a new signing for the team. Beyond that, there’s nothing else to note about the team. Harry Kane and Dele Alli will bring the attack. Hueng-Min Son will support the left flank well as he soared last season with the team. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is a World Cup winner who’s surely bringing a stronger A-game to the team this year. However, without anymore major signings the Spurs simply look like an on the cusp Champions League team.
Stay tuned for teams 5-8!
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