Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has backed Chelsea FC and Manchester United to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title.

However, the former Liverpool manager backed his former team to win the league and Chelsea to finish in fourth, the same position they finished last season.

“As it stands, Liverpool are the favourites for the title, but I don’t see them running away with it again,” he wrote in his column for The Times, as quoted by the Daily Express.

“I would have loved to have seen Lionel Messi come in at Manchester City.

“I expect a bigger challenge, though, from United and Chelsea this time. United will be better with Donny van de Beek, but the goalkeeping situation may be an issue.

“Chelsea have signed well, but let’s see how quickly Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz settle in.

“Arguably the best striker of the Premier League era, Thierry Henry, initially found it difficult.

“Beyond that, I don’t see a title challenger. People are making noises about Arsenal, but I don’t see them being strong enough.

“If you’re asking me now, that’s my top four for next May: Liverpool, City, United and Chelsea.”

Chelsea, after a fourth-place finish last season have added Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Been Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz to the squad.