New Leicester deal for Vardy

The Premier League 2018/19 season preview

Liverpool look like the big winners of the window as they have emerged as second favourites for the title behind champions Manchester City after doing their business early in splashing over £170 million on Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.

City dominated the Premier League last term as they finished first 19 points ahead of second-placed United and also won the Carabao Cup with a 3-0 win over Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.

The 24-year-old continued: "I've been around the club a long time and it's unbelievable to be apart of getting the club into the Premier League, I feel proud of that".

No side since United nine years ago has retained the title, with Chelsea (twice) and Leicester failing to even make the top four in the past three seasons.

"I am satisfied with the way we came back, always being behind and then drawing".

The latter's two costly errors in last season's Champions League final saw Liverpool look for a replacement and led them to Roma's Brazil worldwide Alisson Becker.

City hasn't dipped into the deep pockets of its Abu Dhabi owners as significantly as Guardiola's first two summers in charge, but has still strengthened with club-record signing Riyad Mahrez.

This is the fourth time that the sides have met on the opening weekend of a Premier League season, making it the most contested of any curtain-raising fixture. It has also taught me we have much to improve.

"If the player performs well and helps us to achieve our goals, nobody will speak about the price of the player". "But we are confident in what we can do, hopefully we can bring the confidence into this season". In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have that until now.

With Chelsea and Arsenal both beginning years with new managers and huge questions marks over what comes next, not spending buckets of cash on new players isn't such a awful thing - both United and Tottenham are expected and expect of themselves to be in the top 4, maybe even compete for the titles.

Pochettino's belief is strengthened by Tottenham's success in persuading a number of key players, including England striker Harry Kane - the World Cup golden boot victor - to sign new contracts.

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