Fernando Torres believes Liverpool will retain the edge over Chelsea this season, predicting both his former clubs to battle for the Premier League title.
Liverpool romped to their first league title in 30 years last season but have not strengthened after doing so. Indeed, Kostas Tsimikas’ arrival as left-back cover is the club’s only signing.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have spent over £200million. Attacking signing Timo Werner impressed on his top-flight debut on Monday, winning a penalty against Brighton.
And, despite Manchester City also adding to their ranks, Torres believes Liverpool will have enough to retain their crown.
“I think [Chelsea] are building a fantastic team, not just for this season, but for the future,” the 36-year-old told talkSPORT.
“They are building a very interesting squad but they are young, and you can see Frank [Lampard] can manage a young team as he did last season in a brilliant way.
“They will be close but I don’t know if they can compete with Liverpool and Man City. Hopefully they can go for the Premier League right until the end.
“I think Liverpool will still be stronger than Man City or Chelsea.”
Torres also said the Premier League will remain the go-to league for the world’s best talent.
“In the next two or three years, the Premier League, again, will be the top league in the world,” he added.
“The future stars are going there. It’s an exciting moment for Premier League fans.”
Indeed, several big names have already made their way to England in recent months. Chelsea have also brought in Kai Havertz, one of Europe’s most exciting young attacking midfielders.
Everton, meanwhile, have signed James Rodriguez after the Colombian’s fall from grace at Real Madrid.
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Manchester United are another side who have strengthened in recent months.
Bruno Fernandes’ arrival in January made a fantastic impact but Donny van de Beek has now also signed from Ajax.
However, Gary Neville feels United need a spectacular finish to the transfer window if they are to become title challengers this season.