Last season, Manchester United finished 22 points clear of Liverpool in the Premier League standings. The Red Devils dropped just two points at home compared to the seventeen that their Merseyside rivals spurned, although one United player expects the gap to be much closer this term.
Wayne Rooney is always guaranteed a warm reception by Liverpool supporters when he lines up against the Reds and the former Everton forward reckons that the Anfield brigade could well run his team close this season, especially after some serious investment during 2011.
“I think they will challenge this time,” the former Everton striker said. “They have made some really good signings, British players, and under Kenny Dalglish I’m sure they will be trying harder than they ever have done, fighting to be up there. They will think they have a chance of winning the title next season.”
Liverpool have the advantage of no European competition which means a heavy focus on the Premier League, although Rooney also anticipates Manchester City will provide plenty of competition.
“The main ones [challengers to United] will be Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and City. I think one of them will push us as we try to defend our title.”