Pundit predicts Liverpool FC will be Man City’s closest challengers next season

Craig Bellamy believes Liverpool FC will push Manchester City more than Manchester United next term

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Liverpool FC will be Manchester City’s closest challengers ahead of Manchester United next season, Craig Bellamy has claimed.

The Reds are in a strong position to reach their first Champions League final in 11 seasons after a brilliant performance mid-week.

Liverpool FC were 5-2 winners against Serie A giants AS Roma in the first leg of their last-four clash at Anfield to take a big step towards the Kiev final.

The Merseyside outfit are the competition’s leading goal-scorers and have found the net 15 times in their last five games in Europe.

However, Liverpool FC are in third place in the Premier League table and three points behind Manchester United, who occupy runners up spot.

The Reds failed to beat Manchester United home and away this term following a goalless stalemate at Anfield before a 2-1 loss at Old Trafford.

However, former Liverpool FC forward Bellamy believes Jurgen Klopp’s men are more likely to push Manchester City all the way next term rather than Manchester United.

“Man United will look to improve. The will spend again,” Bellamy told Sky Sports.

“The closest challengers will be Liverpool. They are one or two players away from mounting a challenge.”

Salah has netted 43 goals in all competitions in the 2017-18 season following a £39m move to Liverpool FC from AS Roma last summer.

The Reds finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last term to secure a return to the Champions league after a two-season absence.

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