Stuart Pearce believes Liverpool will finally get their hands on their ‘Holy Grail’ – the Premier League title – this season on the back of their ‘sensational’ outing last term.
The Reds recorded a club-record 97 points – enough to be crowned champions in every top flight season bar two – and lost only one league game all campaign, and yet they were of course still beaten to the title by Manchester City by just a single point.
Supporters and players’ agony was soon forgotten – somewhat, at least – as they lifted the club’s sixth European Cup just weeks later.
But their yearning for that all-so elusive league crown – having last been league champions 29 years ago – will surely be back as soon as the Reds take to the field in their opener against Southampton on August 17.
And former Manchester City manager Pearce believes next year will be Liverpool’s year.
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While their rivals will all likely strengthen in the transfer window, Liverpool and City are set for comparably quiet summer having built two of the strongest teams in English football history.
And, asked if the current Liverpool side is good enough to topple City without any major signings this summer, Pearce said: “I think so.
“I predicted Liverpool would win the league last summer, and to get 90-odd points like they did and still not win it, you’ve got to give Manchester City massive credit for that.
“But I’m tipping Liverpool this year.
“It’s the Holy Grail they’re chasing with this Premier League title and I think it will sharpen their focus even more now.
“It was a sensational season for them to end up only winning one trophy, albeit the European Cup.
“It was near enough exemplary, bar one defeat to Man City in the league.
“They’ve got Joe Gomez to come back and there are such high expectations on him, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to come back as well to join what they’ve got.
“They’ve lost a couple of players in Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno, but that won’t hurt them at all.”