John Barnes gives Premier League title and top four prediction

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"I think the early closing of the window appears to have made clubs more reticent to sell players to other clubs in the Premier League", Bridge told Press Association Sport.

Jose Mourinho had a frustrating summer, with United only signing three players, with Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant heading to Manchester.

Puel claims neither of them will start but a slight injury to defender, Jonny Evans means he could rethink and name Maguire in the line-up. 'It's time, at least for me, to stop thinking about the market.

But Wright believes that all the pieces of the jigsaw could finally be in place for the Reds to end their 28-year wait for a league title.

However, Liverpool did their business early and are not expected to be busy on deadline day after recruiting Brazilian worldwide Alisson Becker for a short-lived world record 72.5 million euro fee for a goalkeeper and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.

"But with a stronger squad now and the harmony and together that they have, added to the quality that they already have, I make them second favourites".

"In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have until now".

"Chelsea with a new manager coming in as well - and I think they'll both be battling it out for fourth".

Mauricio Pochettino pushed to sign Aston Villa's Jack Grealish but that deal became dead and led to the North Londoners finishing the reduced window with a grand total of zero signings. They also bought in left-back Joe Bryan from Bristol City, plus three players on loan - goalkeeper Sergio Rico from Sevilla, Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto and United's Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Playmaker Bernard arrived on a free transfer after his contract ended with the Ukrainian club while Barcelona said Everton had agreed to sign centre-back Mina for an initial €30.3 million and have taken midfielder Gomes on loan.

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