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Man City vs Liverpool: Graeme Souness doubts Alisson’s quality

Graeme Souness on the 2018-19 Premier League

In his weekly column in the Sunday Times, Graeme Souness have previewed the likely winners of the 2018-19 Premier League.

For Souness, two clubs are battling it out for the title.

Reigning champions Manchester City remain the favourites, while Liverpool are tipped to run them close.

How good is Liverpool’s Alisson?

When analysing why Liverpool may miss out on the title, Souness has picked on new goalie Alisson.

Alisson has become the world’s most expensive keeper following his £67 million move to Anfield from Roma.

But Souness has his fears for Alisson and his impact in his first Premier League campaign:

He played in Brazil and Portugal, then was initially kept out of the Roma team by Wojciech Szczesny, who found English football difficult at Arsenal, so he’s not coming with 300-400 games at the highest level under his belt and, despite the fee, there has to be a question mark against him.

Souness also has doubts over Jurgen Klopp’s ability to keep his squad happy.

The pundit noted that the arrivals of Fabinho and Naby Keita may upset some other Reds’ midfielders:

That is something that he will have to man-manage carefully because Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Jordan Henderson are all really solid sorts.

Man United, Chelsea, Tottenham & Arsenal

On Man United, Souness fears that “turbulent times” are ahead at Old Trafford, citing the reported breakdown between Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward.

On Chelsea, Souness called out Alvaro Morata claiming the Blues need a “proper striker”.

Tottenham are labelled as being “over-reliant on Harry Kane”, while Arsenal are set to have a transition season.

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