Manchester United legend Gary Neville has insisted that although Liverpool have spent big this summer, the club will not be challenging for the title in the short-term.
Neville, who made over 400 appearances for United and spent 19 years at the club, has a long history of rivalry with Liverpool, and it comes as little surprise that the former England international isn't looking too kindly on his adversaries.
The Merseysiders have spent over £100 million since Kenny Dalglish took over in January, but the Sky Sports pundit insists that whilst the manager is building an identity at Anfield, they are still someway behind the likes of United and Chelsea.
"Liverpool are getting to that point where they need that success now. The club demands it," Neville said. "Going back to 1992-3 you just become very desperate and very wanting. You become needy.
"You feel like it's a goal, it's a challenge, rather than something to get excited about. You can see exactly what Kenny Dalglish is trying to do there. He has brought an identity back to the club.
"Whether they can go on and win the title - I'm not sure whether that will happen this season."
Neville believes 'noisy neighbours' City will be challenging this term as well, but struggles to look past Chelsea as the main rivals for the coming campaign.
He added: "The reality is that the first and second best teams in the country for the last five years have been United and Chelsea.
"City will challenge, there's no doubt about that. But I look at Chelsea and think of them as being the main challengers for five years now.
"And I see no reason why that should change as a lot of the same players are there. For me, I see Liverpool as just ahead of Tottenham."