Premier League Will Be Tighter Than Ever – Liverpool Boss Rafa Benitez

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The Reds boss has predicted that emerging sides will push the established top four hard over the course of the coming campaign.

With Liverpool falling to Tottenham Hotspur in the opening round of the Premier League, and newcomers Burnley upsetting Manchester United, Reds boss Rafael Benitez has predicted a tight title race this season with new sides pushing for the top four places.

With the likes of Aston Villa, Tottenham, and Manchester City tipped to push last seasons top four for a Champions League place, Benitez thinks this season will be one of the most competitive in Premier League history.

The Spaniard told Sky Sports, “This will be a different sort of title race. Already we have lost, and so have Manchester United.

“There are other teams who can make an impact – Spurs, Manchester City, Villa – and I believe it will be a lot harder this season for the top four teams to win every game.”

Speaking ahead of Monday’s clash against Aston Villa, Benitez is wary of the threat Martin O’Neill’s side poses to the Reds.

“Villa will be difficult for us. They have pace, experience and ability,” he added.

“They do very well in away games because of that and are an extremely dangerous side.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard also weighed in on the increased  competitiveness already evident so early in the season, asserting, “The opening games have shown this season it will be very difficult to win. We are going to have to be even better than last season.

“It looks like it is going to be a very competitive league.

“You can tell that after the opening round of games. The points total we amassed last season would have been good enough to win the title in the last three or four seasons, but it was only good enough to be second.

“Every season it gets tougher to win the title, but that is still our ambition.

“A setback on the opening day was not fatal. But it has been a long time since Liverpool won the title, and it does not get any easier.”

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~ by footballdirecta on August 23, 2009.

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