The 2018 World Cup already feels like a distant memory and football fans are now fully focused on the upcoming 2018-19 Premier League season.
Pre-season friendlies are well underway and there are just over three weeks before it all kicks off again.
Or just over two if you count the Community Shield, which will be contested between Chelsea and Manchester City on August 5.
After winning the league with a record points tally last term, Man City are the bookmakers’ current favourites to win the title this season at 8/13.
Pep Guardiola’s side are then followed by Liverpool (9/2), Manchester United (13/2), Chelsea (14/1), Tottenham (16/1) and Arsenal (20/1).
There’s certainly plenty of value to be had if you don’t think Guardiola’s men will retain the Premier League title.
It’s no real surprise that Liverpool are currently the bookies’ second favourites. They only finished fourth in the league last season, but reached the Champions League final, have kept their key players this summer and significantly bolstered their squad in the transfer market.
Keys tweets Liverpool prediction
The acquisitions of Naby Keita, Fabinho and Alisson Becker, who is poised to join the Reds from AS Roma, look set to make Jurgen Klopp’s side serious title challengers while Xherdan Shaqiri also has the quality to make an impact.
With all this in mind, beIN Sports anchor Richard Keys - who UK-based football fans will remember for his time with Sky Sports - tweeted his prediction about Liverpool’s title hopes on Thursday afternoon.
“Here’s an early call,” Keys began. “With Alisson on board I believe Liverpool are best equipped to challenge City next season. The long wait could finally be over. They’re ready to challenge for the title now.”
But even though Liverpool fans might be daring to think the exact same thing, they’re annoyed with Keys for his tweet.
Why? Because they reckon he’s just jinxed them.
They haven’t forgotten Keys’ tweet about Everton, posted this time last year, when he unsuccessfully predicted: “Loving Everton’s business this summer. Here’s an early call - they finish above Liverpool this season.”
Liverpool fans have let Keys know in no uncertain terms that his tweet is not appreciated.
Some of them even reckon he has posted it deliberately after receiving stick from Liverpool fans for his Everton tweet over the past 12 months.
If that is the case then Keys truly is an evil genius.
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