At the beginning of the #Premier League season, fans voted their clear favourites for the trophy: #Manchester City. And let's be objective, they had all the reasons to vote for #Pep Guardiola's team as the Citizens seem to have all compartments sorted for the season. After the signings of Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, Pep managed to cover the gaps which caused mixed results all throughout the last season. On the other side, #Liverpool preferred to upgrade their offensive options by transferring Mohamed Salah but the transfer saga which surrounded Phillipe Coutinho had a devastating effect on the Reds.

They didn't manage to bring any defender to the squad and we can draw some preliminary conclusions at the end of September.

Defence wins trophies

#Pep Guardiola learned from the mistakes of last season. After domestic dominance at Barcelona and Bayern, as Pep only lost the title on one occasion out of seven, the talented manager didn't win any trophy in his first year at City, ending the Premier League season on the third spot. After humiliating results for the dream team put together by the Catalan, City invested over £200 million to strengthen the team and Walker, Mendy, Silva, Danilo and Ederson made a huge impact as we can see how #Manchester City had only conceded three goals in the first eight matches of the season.

The attack is still top-class with the likes of De Bruyne, Aguero, Jesus, Sane as 27 goals in eight matches is just a normal performance for City. Guardiola has finally managed to implement the #tiki-taka at Etihad as his team seems to be a top contestant for both Premier League and #Uefa Champions League supremacy. The investment paid off as City seems indestructible this season.

The last result: 2-0 against Shakhtar Donetsk in the second game of the Uefa Champions League season and a perfect record in the 2017-2018 group stage matches: 6 goals scored, none conceded.

Champions of inconsistency

Even though #Liverpool seemed back on track after their win at Leicester, there were still signs of doubt. The Reds still possess serial-killers up front as their offensive line contains names like Firmino, Mane, Salah, #Coutinho or Sturridge.

But as we mentioned earlier, their efforts to sign a defender failed miserably during last summer. The rumour surrounding an imminent transfer of #Virgil Van Dijk ended up with a big fail as Liverpool didn't sign the guy who seemed to have been the solution to their historical defensive flaws.

Mohamed Salah is already a huge signing whereas Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not impressed the football fans yet. As for Liverpool, September was indeed a Blue month, with only one victory out of six games. A humiliating 5-0 defeat against #Manchester City, disappointing draws against Burnley and Sevilla and another dominant performance which ended up with an annoying draw: 1-1 at Spartak Moscow, in the Uefa Champions League group stage.

Two points after two matches in the European competition and the 5th place in the Premier League but a highly disastrous goal difference as the Reds scored 12 goals while receiving an astonishing 11. Definitely not a recipe for trophies at the moment. Maybe the January transfer window will bring a late Christmas present: an upgrade to their weak defence.