Jamie Carragher believes many people will say Liverpool have “gone backwards” this season – because they will struggle to emulate last term’s incredible heights.
The Reds recorded 97 points in the Premier League in falling just short of a first top-flight title since 1990.
Jurgen Klopp also led his side to glory on the continent as Liverpool won a sixth European Cup – more than double any other English side.
But Carragher believes Liverpool will struggle to haul City down in this season’s title race – because Pep Guardiola has made 100-point seasons “the norm”.
“I think Liverpool will be an interesting one this season,” the Reds legend told Stan Collymore on The Last Word podcast. “A lot of people will say at times this season they have gone backwards.
“Because you can’t do more than what they did in the Champions League and can they get more than 97 points? I don’t think they can.
“But that doesn’t mean they can’t win the league.
“What Liverpool need is for City to come back to the pack. The big worry for Liverpool and the rest of the top six is these 100-point seasons are the norm for Pep Guardiola.
“Liverpool and other sides need them to come back to the pack – I’m not sure they will. But I think as soon as Pep Guardiola leaves they will. Because it is unheard of what they are doing.
“For Liverpool to win the league, they need City to drop back. But Guardiola’s history tells you that doesn’t happen.”