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EPL: Championship Trophy Could Remain in Manchester Another Year

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 24:  A Manchester City crest is projected onto the wall of the press conference room before the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers at the City of Manchester Stadium on May 24, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
illya mclellanSenior Analyst IJuly 15, 2009

It is enough to make a die-hard Liverpool supporter shudder.

The thought that after coming so close to finally ending one Manchester team's dominance they now have to deal with another. The signs were there last season that things were changing when Manchester City signed Robinho from Real Madrid.

After all, not a bad player really, no matter what anyone says about him. He also has genuine ambition and as a Brazilian and former Madrid man he knows what it is like to win trophies.

All the rumor and conjecture in the press over who Manchester City will sign and who they will miss out on has drawn the attention away from the fact that even if they don't sign any more players this offseason they already have one of the best squads in Europe.

In addition to the players they had at the close of last season, they have recently acquired the services of Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry, Roque Santa Cruz, and Stuart Taylor. All of these players have experience and genuine talent and will only add to an already talented squad.

There is now no doubt that City will be a force to be reckoned with this season in English football. It would be a brave person who bets against them soon becoming a force in Europe.

Money talks and City's new owners are currently babbling the language of currency that other clubs are unable to ignore. This is obviously because most football clubs do not have billions in the bank. While the world is currently in a recession, Manchester City are rolling in it.

But this is nothing new and football has always been about big clubs making big signings. It is just the amounts that have changed.

In England, Liverpool made big signings in the '80s, Manchester United in the '90s, and Chelsea in the new century. In Europe it has been similar, AC Milan and Real Madrid have been waving the cash for years.

This is why I have recently been perplexed by Sir Alex Ferguson's complaints about the money that the two big spending clubs have been throwing around. I am an ardent admirer of Fergie, and his record speaks for itself. But realistically, it is ridiculous for him to be complaining about Manchester United being priced out of the transfer market.

They have been the ones doing the same on many occasions in the last twenty years. Mark Hughes must have chuckled when he heard his old boss make that comment.

Now it seems, it is finally City's turn.

So for Liverpool this season it could well be that they face two trips to Manchester and visits from, that decide whether their title drought will end.

Somewhat cruelly, Liverpool could end up finally usurping one Manchester club that has been its most hated rival only to be trumped by another one from the same city that, in another disturbing turn for fans of the Anfield side, wears a strip that is a lighter shade of their bitter cross town rivals, Everton.

When this season comes to a close, I would not be surprised to once again see the EPL trophy in Manchester, the question will be which part of Manchester now, which for many City fans out there is a cause for excitement that they have never before experienced in their lives.

Interesting times indeed. Roll on match-day one.

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