Manchester City want better performances, not more points - Pep Guardiola

Sebastien Bassong celebrates his winner for Tottenham against Liverpool in 2009

And Walker said: "I think we set the bar past year".

Manchester United will kick off the new Premier League season when they take on Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are under pressure to be serious title challengers next season after the Red Devils ended up in second place in the Premier League and without a trophy last season.

The difference this season is that the Merseysiders have greater strength in depth with the addition of Fabinho and Naby Keita adding increased options in midfield. Liverpool's weakness in the goalkeeper position has been addressed with the purchase of Brazilian Alisson from AS Roma, and with Virgil van Dijk having settled in following his move in January, Klopp's side look a much more complete package.

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As well as transfers, Mourinho has lamented his lack of key players with the likes of Paul Pobga and Romelu Lukaku on extended post-World Cup breaks. They argued that they have to sell players for financial reasons if they fail to qualify for Europa or Champions League.

The two aforementioned teams are followed by the newly promoted Fulham that have invested as many as 75 million euros for several transfers, including Aleksandar Mitrovic, Alfie Mawson and Jean Michael Seri. While neither side have made major splashes in the market, the new managers will be expected to improve on disappointing campaigns and at the very least be pushing for the top four. They have quality all over the pitch and Guardiola will be extremely focused on further improving his team this season.

All the top four flights in England see their transfer windows close at 5pm BST on Thursday, 9 August.

Pep Guardiola's side are the bookmakers' favourites to triumph once again and it's not hard to understand why.

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