Peter Crouch: Liverpool won’t carry their title hangover into next season

Crouchy is in no doubt

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I don’t think Liverpool will carry any kind of hangover into the new season. You’ve got to remember that they were 20-odd points clear after when the season is resumed. It’s natural that there was a drop-off.

But Liverpool were absolutely unbelievable last season, every single player pulled their weight, and they were a joy to watch. They won games they maybe weren’t great in, and then were incredible in other games.

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They hadn’t won the league for 30 years, so there was 100% going to be a drop off – because they were celebrating, let’s be honest.

But once the new season starts, I think they’ve got enough big characters in that dressing room – the likes of James Milner, Virgil Van Dijk, Hendo – that will make sure the whole squad is ready go again.

I’ve no doubt that they’ll be at it.

It was amazing what Liverpool did last year. I don’t think they’ll win it as easy this season, you can guarantee it’ll be a hell of a lot closer, but they’ve got to be favourites.

 

Messi for City?

Imagine if Cty pulled off the Lionel Messi transfer? I love watching them play now, they’re an absolute class act. And honestly, if they added Messi I’d think that would be the difference between them winning the title and not.

This season is the last year of Pep Guardiola’s contract at City – and he’s been a top-class manager for them. The only thing failing him is Europe, isn’t it? Winning the Champions League has eluded him, but the improvement the club have made since he took charge has been unbelievable.

He’s kicked them on to a new level, but some people might not view it as a successful as other managers because of the Champions League.

It’s the one trophy they’re so desperate to win.

I think Guardiola has been a breath of fresh air for the Premier League – his football has been amazing. He’s a top manager, the but not winning the Champions League is definitely a blot.

Would Messi make the difference there too? Maybe.

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