Premier League 2018/19: A look at clubs in the frame for relegation

Jose Mourinho left frustrated as Manchester United fail to land centre-back

Jose Mourinho left frustrated as Manchester United fail to land centre-back

Liverpool hit its stride toward the end of last season and then reportedly spent the most money of any English club in the off-season, bringing in goalkeeper Alisson Becker and midfielders Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Ferdinand said: "I'm a United fan, and I want to see them win the title, but I fear it's going to be very hard for that to happen this season".

"We love what has been developed, but for all the great football we've seen over the last few seasons, there are no trophies to show".

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"It's not about adding because it's fashionable to sign players", Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. For these leagues the transfer window does not end until the end of the month and spending can be expected to continue. While City have been relatively quiet in the transfer market, adding only Riyad Mahrez to their already powerful squad, the Gunners have entered a new era under coach Unai Emery, who was busy in the transfer market addressing their shortcomings with the signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Matteo Guendouzi, Bern Leno and Lucas Torreira.

Mourinho, who will be without the likes of Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo on Friday, once again bemoaned the lack of preparation time for the start of the season, with many of his players having just returned to training after taking time off following the World Cup. But strong performances in Russian Federation weren't a necessity when it came to Premier League clubs deciding whether to spend the fruits of soccer's biggest television contracts. For the first time since the summer transfer window was introduced 15 years ago, one team spent nothing: Tottenham Hotspurs.

The Leicester City defender made his mark for the Three Lions at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup, scored his first global goal and was the brain behind Gareth Southgate's solid defence line during the World Cup.

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England stars Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Rose and Dele Alli have only just returned from their summer breaks following their exploits at the World Cup.

Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool rounded out last year's top four, all qualifying for spots in this year's Champions League, and will likely battle for the No. 2 to No. 6 spots with Arsenal and Chelsea.

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