The ever-popular Samir Nasri has done little to boost his reputation on Merseyside by dismissing Liverpool's title credentials.
The name of the Manchester City midfielder has been uttered in hushed tones in north London ever since his acrimonious move from Arsenal in 2011, and he's not exactly flavour of the month on Merseyside after recent comments.
The former French international angered Liverpool fans by suggesting their team will struggle to cope with the demands of Champions League football and a Premier League title challenge.
To make matters worse for Liverpool fans, Nasri has backed Manchester United to have a say in the title race despite their disastrous seventh-placed finish last term.
The Red's proved to be City's main rival in the closing weeks of last season, but speaking to the club's matchday programme, Nasri said: "Liverpool will find it tougher because they have lost Luis Suarez and they will be playing Champions League football so it will be different for them.
"Last season they only had the Premier League to go for in the final months and it gave them a real advantage because their players were going into games fresher at a vital stage of the campaign."
Brendan Rodgers side were on the verge of a first ever Premier League crown last season, but a home defeat to Chelsea and a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace, having lead 3-0, all but ended their title hopes.
While Nasri has dismissed the Anfield club's chances of challenging at the top of the table this season, he thinks Manchester United could bounce back from a tough campaign last time out and predicts Chelsea will be in the race once again.
The 27-year-old said: "I think our two main rivals will be Chelsea and Manchester United.
"United have a new coach, have strengthened as well and don't have any European competition, so Iexpect them to come back stronger.
"Chelsea have made some good signings and Cesc Fabregas will be the guy to replace
Frank Lampard. He is a great player, I know that because I was with him at Arsenal.
"Chelsea had a weakness up front last year but have signed Diego Costa. They will be really dangerous."
Predictably Nasri also passed judgement on his former side, though he was surprisingly positive about their chances, adding: "Arsenal could be in there, too, and bringing in players like Alexis Sanchez will make them stronger."
Can City retain?
City's own title credentials were dealt a blow in their last Premier League outing as they suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Stoke.
However, with 35 games remaining the reigning champions will fully expect to be in the race for the title come the end of the campaign.
Having claimed a second Premier League success last season the club will be desperate to retain their crown and join Arsenal on three titles.