Graeme Souness has predicted who will win the Premier League next campaign and says Chelsea and Tottenham are both contenders for the league title.
Manchester City clinched their fourth title in five years last season, staging a huge comeback against Aston Villa on the last day to pip Liverpool to the title by only one point.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea and Conte’s Tottenham completed the top four but were unable to keep up pace with City and Liverpool, finishing around 20 points adrift of the top-two.
It appeared as though Arsenal would secure the final top-four spot for much of the campaign but Mikel Arteta’s team slipped up towards the end of the campaign to finish fifth, two points behind rivals Spurs.
Manchester United were down in sixth after another poor season, 13 points outside the top four and 35 points below Manchester City.
Most of the Premier League’s top teams have enjoyed productive starts to the summer window, with Man City bolstering Pep Guardiola’s team with Norway striker Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips.
Liverpool have welcomed Darwin Nunez to Anfield, while Chelsea spent £50million to bring Raheem Sterling to Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham have improved Conte’s team with the signings of Richarlison, Bissouma and Ivan Perisic, while Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira have completed moves to the red side of north London.
Asked whether the Premier League is set for another two-horse title race next season, Souness told Sky Bet: ‘No, I don’t think so.
‘Manchester City and Liverpool will be the outstanding favourites but I think you’ve got to factor Chelsea into the argument as well.
‘I think Spurs have got a determination and a doggedness about them that I’ve not seen since the early days of Mauricio Pochettino.’
Pressed on his title prediction, Souness added: ‘I think Liverpool will win it after coming so close last year.’