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Souness doubts anyone can challenge Man City and Liverpool next season

Graeme Souness doubts whether anyone will be able to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title next season.

City secured back-to-back Premier League titles with a final day win at Brighton, whilst runners-up Liverpool lost just once all season and finished with a record 97 points.

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea eventually finished third, though the Blues were a huge 26 points behind Man City, and Souness doubts whether any club will be able to bridge the gap to the top two.

“I think when you go back to when City lost at Newcastle and the momentum was with Liverpool, and then they slipped up and drew too many games, and all of a sudden, the swing changes yet again. But the consistency levels from both teams have been outstanding,” Souness told Sky Sports.

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“City turned up today, they were fabulous, and that’s why they’re champions. They can take a punch on the nose and react to that and go on to win the game in style.

“Make no mistake about it, City are a fantastic team. They play the game the right way, with strength and depth in their squad. City are a team that are going to take some toppling when you look at the strength they’ve got, and I imagine they’d go again in the transfer window in the summer.

“Special teams retain the title. The manager has done very well to keep a fire under them all season from the very first game to the very last.

“We talk about the top six but this year, there hasn’t been that – there’s been the top two and then the rest. There is a country mile between this City team, Liverpool, and the rest. Will it be the same again next season? Man City will strengthen, Liverpool will, so who is going to make that gap? Who is going to make up 15-18 points to join this group?”

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