Liverpool are top of the Premier League. It’s perhaps not really much of a surprise given the last few seasons. But you do get the impression that things could be different this year.

Prior to the injury of Virgil van Dijk, there were rumblings among many pundits and fans that it may not be their year, losing heavily to Aston Villa and dropping points to Everton. Aside from a midweek thrashing of Atalanta, they’ve not been comfortable in many of their victories, and it’s opening the door for the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and more.

But will we see a different winner this year? The bookies certainly think so, and below you’ll find which clubs they have got as contenders…

Manchester City

Despite Manchester City sitting five points behind Liverpool, having won only three of their six encounters, most news sites and pundits are still backing Pep’s men over the season. The likes of 101 greatgoals news have regularly reported that the Blues are fancied by a number of ex-pros and the bookies are also pricing them at around 5/4 favourites.

They looked shaky defensively in the early stages of the season, but have strengthened with Ruben Dias, who has looked to be a vital buy for them. Draws with West Ham and Leeds have asked questions of the club, but they have also got good results against Arsenal and Sheffield United in recent weeks.

Liverpool

The Reds seem to have found their groove a little more in recent weeks after a poor start to the new campaign. They’re now priced at 15/8 and if they continue to win games then those odds will narrow.

They face Manchester City on Sunday in what will be the big test and perhaps a good platform for fans to see which club really is on the right road to the title come next May.

Klopp’s men have the points on the board currently, and Diego Jota seems a fantastic signing to continue the club’s goalscoring. However, it’s the missing van Dijk which poses the biggest headache and they could now come undone against the better sides, which could see them steal a march and take Liverpool’s crown.

Tottenham Hotspur

It’s been a great start to the season for Spurs and they’re certainly in the title mix as it stands with the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in fine form. Gareth Bale is starting to get in on the act too, scoring the winner against Brighton last weekend.

They have won of the most clinical and threatening front threes in the league and have gone unbeaten since an opening day defeat to Everton. Their 6-1 win over Manchester United really cast them into the limelight when it comes to winning the title and they’re now priced at 7/1 to do so. Jose Mourinho knows how to win trophies, and while they are among the favourites for the Europa League, they shouldn’t be ruled out of the title chase either.

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