Neville and Carragher predict who'll compete for the title next season

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher agree fifth-placed Liverpool are most likely to challenge Man City for the title next season, but are conflicted over Man United’s credentials… and NEITHER tip Arsenal in their 2023-24 predictions

  • Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have made their predictions for next season
  • They believe Liverpool are best placed to challenge Man City for the league title
  • However, they disagreed on United’s prospects and think Arsenal will fall away 

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have agreed that Liverpool will be the team to most likely challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, rather than Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta’s side were top of the table for 248 days before several slip-ups in recent weeks saw City leapfrog them before going on to lift their third Premier League title in a row on Sunday.

While Liverpool haven’t had the best of seasons themselves, they are still in with a shout of securing a top-four spot from rivals Manchester United if their bitter rivals lose at home to Chelsea on Thursday and then if they can better their result on the final day.

And despite their performance this season being far from their usual standards, Carragher and Neville believe Jurgen Klopp’s men will be back in the title mix, while Neville hopes the Gunners can carry their good form into the 2023-24 campaign.

‘The other day I was asked that, who was the most likely challenger,’ Neville said on Monday Night Football. ‘The only team that’s really proven that they can run them really close and that I could trust is Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, but I’m not sure about that because I think they dropped off way below than what they did last time they had a bad season.

Jamie Carragher (left) and Gary Neville (right) have predicted who will compete for the title next season

The duo both believe Liverpool will be the team to challenge Manchester City for the title

Pep Guardiola’s side are the team to beat after winning their third league title on the bounce

‘I hope that all the other teams are looking at Manchester City and not feeling sorry for themselves and thinking how do we get to that level? Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have lived with them for three seasons, they’re the only team that have proven they can really do it.

‘Arsenal lived with them for 30 games this season, so let’s hope it can happen, because I don’t buy into this doom and gloom that we might as well all pack up and go home. I think the other teams are spending enough money to be able to have a chance, but City have the most exceptional manager.

‘However, I must say that Jurgen Klopp’s performance at Liverpool with their net spend of being like £200million in five or six years compared to Pep Guardiola’s deserves a special mention – it’s equally as good.’

When Carragher was presented with the same question, he agreed Liverpool would be the most likely to rival City for the title but also claimed Erik ten Hag’s side are in with a shout. 

‘I’m gonna go with Liverpool and Manchester United,’ Carragher said. ‘I think Liverpool will come back and I agree with Gary [Neville], the jump in terms of really challenging Man City may be a little bit too big – it might still be a little too big for Manchester United.

‘But, I do see those two teams. Where Manchester United are going they look really solid. If they get a couple of attacking players and score more goals, that’s what they need to do.

Carragher believes Man United will be in the mix while Neville is unsure over his former club

Despite leading the Premier League for most of the season, Arsenal were hardly mentioned

‘Liverpool will invest again in midfield players and they’ve got players who’ve won the biggest trophies before, so I’d say Liverpool and Manchester United.’

Neville revealed he is reluctant to name United as a challenger for the title given their ongoing takeover saga that is still yet to be resolved.

Neville added: ‘The reason why I didn’t say United right now is because there’s going to be a lot of turbulence in Manchester in the next few weeks with the Glazers finally at some point going to make a decision and get their act together, I mean it’s pathetic what they’re doing.

‘The new owners are going to come in and are going to want to get their feet under the table and then to think they will challenge in the first season – it could happen but there will be so much turbulence with the recruitment and what’s happening.’

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