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Rio Ferdinand flattens Tottenham revival talk, totting up ‘huge’ points gap to Liverpool and Man City

Rio Ferdinand, March 2022

Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Tottenham will not have enough to close the “huge gap” between Manchester City, Liverpool and their Premier League rivals.

Last season’s top two have spent big again this summer to try and make sure they stay on top next term. And both have signed an exciting new striker. City have added Erling Haaland, while Liverpool have paid a club-record fee for Darwin Nunez.

City and Liverpool have dominated the title battle for several years now. The likes of Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have all had their moments but never produced the consistency needed for a title charge.

Instead, the talk around those clubs for a while has been a top-four battle. But there is a desire to see who can really close the gap to the top two.

After a summer splurge on six new signings, Antonio Conte’s Tottenham have been tipped to progress from their fourth-placed finish last term.

According to former Man Utd defender Ferdinand, though, it will once again be a two-horse race for the Premier League title.

“Liverpool have got a chance,” the pundit told FootballJOE. “It’s them two [Liverpool and City].

“No-one else gets close to them two again I don’t think. I still think there are six, eight points between second and third.

“If someone like Spurs make that gap up — it’s a huge, huge, huge gap to make up — they’ll be doing something to make that.

“Liverpool and City, I think will be a two-horse race. I think City win it.”

Tottenham have the expertise of Conte in charge, with the Italian guiding Chelsea to Premier League glory in 2017. Chelsea, meanwhile, have signed Raheem Sterling from City. Arsenal have also raided City for Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Liverpool, Man City to tussle again

City will be an interesting watch this season given that they have let two of their star attackers go.

The expectation is, of course, that Haaland will hit the ground running and wash away those lingering doubts.

City have also signed exciting Argentine striker Julian Alvarez. He fared better than Haaland on his competitive City debut, netting the equaliser against Liverpool in Saturday’s Community Shield clash.

But Nunez’s start to Liverpool life will also be an important watch. Having cost a club-record £85million, the Uruguayan will have all eyes on him.

He too hit the ground running, netting Liverpool’s third against City at the King Power Stadium.

Despite Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd all strengthening, City and Liverpool will no doubt rise to the top once again.