Liverpool will not win the Premier League this season due to a quiet transfer window, according to former Leeds and Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Liverpool ran away with the title last season, finishing 18 points clear of second-placed Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp’s side racked up 99 points, two more than the 97 they achieved the previous campaign.
But Hasselbaink cannot see Liverpool reaching those marks this season.
Klopp has made just one signing so far in this window, bringing in left-back Kostas Tsimikas as back-up to first-choice Andy Robertson.
Hasselbaink does not think that will be enough to retain top spot come the end of the season but still thinks Liverpool will challenge.
“I personally don’t believe that they can do it again, three years in a row, that kind of quality, that amount of matches winning,” Hasselbaink said on Sky Sports.
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“I think it will be a lot harder for them this year, especially that they haven’t brought anybody in yet, or they have only brought a left-back in.
“I do think that they need to freshen something up just to change some kind of dynamics and give somebody a harder time, especially those three up front.
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“So I think it will be a lot closer this year, I don’t see them winning it but they will be there or thereabouts.
“If you beat them I think you will be champions.”
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Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has backed his old side to be champions again despite admitting he would have preferred more signings to be made.
“Yeah for me they do [start the season as title favourites],” Souness said.
“The word consistency comes into play when you think not just last year but the year before, missed out by, what was it, two points the year before?
“So they’re a team that is beyond what I would understand consistency to be.
“I played in some very good teams and people would say great teams but never found the consistency that this Liverpool team have found.
“They have just been off the charts with it and I don’t see it changing.
“What I would have liked to have happened, I would like them to have freshened it up, got a few faces in.
“When you’re the current world champions, Premier League champions and until recently the European champions, you’d like to think the easy part would be attracting top players. I’m sure they’ve got the money.”
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