Kevin Kilbane predicts where Man City, Liverpool FC will finish


"We believe a lot in our players and there's no point now to say, why not repeat a similar season like past year or the season before, and with more experience".

The club says that the Welsh global has resumed training but didn't reveal whether he will be available for selection against Manchester City.

City won the league by 19 points, finishing with record goals and wins in the process. Here we predict which teams will be smiling and which will be sad come the end of the campaign.

"It's the last time I speak about it".

With Guardiola saying he is still "starving" for more success, there appears to be little chance of a City letdown.

"Chelsea with a new manager coming in as well - and I think they'll both be battling it out for fourth".

Under Guardiola's guidance, City surged to the title last season, becoming the first top-flight team in England to reach 100 points.

"We have only seen him when he has appeared in front of the TV cameras this summer and heard what he has told the media, and I suspect he will behave very differently on the training ground with his players".

Behind the seats, each player looks to have there only personal draw to keep their belongings while they are out performing on the pitch.

By contrast, Liverpool are well-placed to hit the ground running ahead of Sunday's kick-off at home to West Ham as Virgil van Dijk, Keita and Fabinho missed out on the World Cup, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane bowed out at the group stage with Egypt and Senegal.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said finishing second behind Manchester City last season feels like one of his "biggest achievements" as a manager in football after the criticism he has received. It is a short career.

'I hope someone can catch them - it would be nice, so hopefully Manchester United can.

"But individually the players can improve".

Riyad Mahrez was City's only high profile acquisition but Guardiola is fine with that, and said: "We believe we have a good squad". Is it going to happen?

"I came back on Monday so it was very hard for the legs and the stamina but we played very well".