Jurgen Klopp led the Merseyside outfit to a fourth-place finish in his first full season in charge at Anfield to secure a return to the Champions League.
Manchester United, on the other hand, ended up in sixth place but still managed to win the EFL Cup and the Europa League in Jose Mourinho’s debut campaign at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have signed Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic in the summer transfer window so far.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have added AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City left-back Andy Robertson to Klopp’s squad so far this summer.
Former Reds defender Nicol has backed Manchester United to secure a top-four spot at the expense of Liverpool in the 2017-18 Premier League season.
“I think no question they (United) get in the top four,” Nicol told ESPN FC on Monday afternoon.
“I’m sure that top four isn’t Mourinho’s ambition. I’m certainly sure it isn’t the board or the owner’s ambition.
“But the fact is that for me City are ahead of this team, Chelsea the defending champions are ahead and Spurs, you can’t count them out. They’ve been as consistent in the Premier League over the last two or three season as any other team without winning the Premier League.
“So Man United definitely top four but one of the favourites for the Premier League? I don’t think so.”
Liverpool are still waiting to win the Premier League for the first time after finishing in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.
The Reds are set to compete in the Champions League for the first time since 2014-15.
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