Liverpool are Man City’s bogey team, says Kyle Walker

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Speaking to BBC Sport ahead of the new season, England defender Walker has admitted that City must be careful of Liverpool and the other sides that will be looking to secure the Premier League title in 2018/19.

"They returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", said the manager.

"You also have to consider that Liverpool are City's Kryptonite".

Jorginho struggled in the Chelsea side that City swept aside 2-0 thanks to a Sergio Aguero brace during Sunday's Community Shield and, after the match, Guardiola hinted his club might be closing in on a new signing.

Considering the unpredictable nature of the Premier League and the fact that the algorithm doesn't take into account the transfers, these predictions definitely need to be taken with a pinch of salt.

The United manager had claimed that the shortlist he handed over to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the end of last season went largely ignored. "We lost Riyad Mahrez [to Manchester City], who was a very valuable player for us, so it was important to keep our best players and have good additions to the squad".

"We don't have many.

It is time for me to stop thinking about the market", he said.

"John [Stones], I think he can play there but I don't know".

Former Liverpool FC defender Carragher is refusing to discount Chelsea FC from the title race ahead of the new Premier League season.

"Before saying anything or doing anything, you want to observe and see if you can see the same mistakes as what we made previously", the centre-back told Sky Sports.

But City's strength in depth is clear for all to see. There was a feeling that whenever we won the league and you came back into the first training sessions everybody was a little bit lax - a little bit more smiles and happiness but a little bit less committed.

However, with the impending arrivals of Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in a world record deal, Sarri and his team will hope to break into the top four, after a disappointing last season.

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