Liverpool were always expected to be at least competing for the Premier League title once again when they kicked off the new season as champions, but which teams could get closer to them than last year were more uncertain.
Manchester City, who lost to Tottenham last weekend, were always going to improve, while others like Leicester showed last season that they could compete for a time – for them, the task was making that sustainable across the entirety of the campaign.
Given the strange nature of playing without fans, something that looks set to continue for the time being at least, other teams were thought to be possible contenders too.
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The next portion of matches, however, will determine who the real contenders are going to be long-term at the top of the table, as was discussed on the Liverpool.com podcast.
Joel Rabinowitz said: “The thing you have to consider here is that if you look at the table, Spurs are a team who are interesting [in terms of a possible title challenge].
“Jose Mourinho, you might think, in a broken up season like this, could have a bit of a formula, but look at their fixtures.
“They won’t drop points in every game but that is a difficult run.”
Liverpool, Leicester, Tottenham, and Chelsea, plus Manchester City, who are currently in in the bottom half but will have a game in hand once this evening’s game is completed, are the ones which right now appear possible chasers at the top.
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Southampton are currently fifth, having drawn 1-1 with Wolves on Monday night, but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are unlikely to be contenders for the title, though they could make an outside push for Europe.
In terms of the Premier League title, though, Liverpool are about to find out who they will be competing with deep into next year, and therefore how the rest of their season could shape up.
Come Christmas, if Leicester, Tottenham and Chelsea remain in the mix, then a real battle across at least four teams could be in the offing. What appears more likely, though, is that Liverpool, and possibly Manchester City, will be the sides who filter to the top.