The transfer window is in a frantic state already despite the international window having not even officially begun.
One of the major talking points from Liverpool’s perspective so far has been the departure of Sadio Mané. The Liverpool icon has left the club for pastures new, joining Bayern Munich in an unprecedented deal.
Considering Mané’s importance to this Liverpool side, having at times been the club’s best player in the past six years, many have seen his departure as a sign of Liverpool’s very own demise.
But perhaps what many have overlooked is that Liverpool are not alone in saying goodbye to key players this summer.
Manchester City may have added Erling Haaland and Julián Álvarez to their ranks but considering how integral the aforementioned trio have been to Guardiola, it cannot be argued that their departures will be felt just as much as Liverpool will feel the impact of Mané’s absence.
In this regard, the two sides will have total parity once again, and the winner’s from the window are not Liverpool or Manchester City, but rather those clubs who are trying to catch up with the two sides who have run away with the competition in the past few seasons.
The likes of Haaland and Núñez will likely need time to settle. After all, they are both young with exciting potential and represent the futures of the two clubs, but they are far from the finished articles. They also arrive in the Premier League with zero prior experience of English football.
Their signings and the departure of some of the two club’s old guard means there is a metamorphosis undergoing at both Anfield and the Etihad this summer. Who will come out on top only time will tell, but it’s going to be a fascinating season and one that will challenge both Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp.
All eyes will be on the two managers as we wait to see which one of them will prevail this time around.