Liverpool are Man City’s bogey team, says Kyle Walker

Joe Cole was sent off on his Liverpool debut against Arsenal in 2010

Joe Cole was sent off on his Liverpool debut against Arsenal in 2010

Under proposals presented to Gianni Infantino, the Federation Internationale de Football Association president, by an internal task force, the transfer window would close the day before the start of the domestic season in each member country.

A random sample of these incidents was then judged by former Premier League referee Peter Walton who had a deciding say over whether the outcome of those particular incidents was down to a team being lucky or unlucky.

The 26th Premier League season begins on Friday night when Manchester United face Leicester City at Old Trafford. They argued that they have to sell players for financial reasons if they fail to qualify for Europa or Champions League.

As United dither, Liverpool have emerged as second favourites for the title behind City after splashing over £170 million (US$220 million) on goalkeeper Alisson and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri. "In the higher teams in the top tier, when they play in all competitions, you need this kind of competition".

Mauricio Pochettino's side finished a lofty third a year ago, but Wright is expecting things to be a lot more hard for them this time around.

You've got Chelsea, Tottenham, so it's going to be a tough season, but we're really up for the challenge and we want to go and prove that we are the best team in the league. "We've discussed that many times in Europe".

City haven't dipped into the deep pockets of their Abu Dhabi owners as significantly as Guardiola's first two summers in charge, but have still strengthened with club record signing Riyad Mahrez. The Gunners's current deal with Puma expires next year and the Mail says they will sign an agreement with adidas that will be worth £60m a season over five years.

But Stones briefly moved up the field when Vincent Kompany came on as a substitute late in the 2-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea on Sunday.

At the other end of the spectrum, despite their big transfer spend and many people tipping them to be a surprise package this season, Michael Owen has Fulham to go down.

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