Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has warned that he expects Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham to pose a threat in the 2022/23 Premier League title race.

The rest of the top flight have been unable to live with Liverpool and Manchester City in recent years – the pair battled until the final day in both 2018/19 and 2021/22, while each also walked to the title in a one-horse race in 2019/20 and 2017/18 respectively.

But Henderson is refusing to rest on his laurels and is prepared for the competition to intensify. This summer is a first for Antonio Conte at Tottenham, while Manchester United are under new leadership in Erik ten Hag and Chelsea have ambitious new owners.

“I never think it will be just us and City,” Henderson said, via The Times.

“The other teams have strengthened. You look at Chelsea, they are strengthening, United will strengthen, Spurs have done so quite a lot so far. You look at other teams who are also going to strengthen.”

The Reds skipper admitted it was a blow to lose Sadio Mane, who has joined Bayern Munich, but insisted there are still plenty of ‘world class options’ at Jurgen Klopp’s fingertips.

“For any team that loses Sadio, it will be a big blow because he is world-class player. He is one of the best forwards in the world so it’s always going to be difficult losing him,” Henderson explained.

“But at the same time — we’ve got world class players, especially in the forward line…Luis Díaz coming, who performed phenomenally well [last season]. Darwin has come in, [Roberto Firmino] is coming back, so we’ve got world class options.

“Things move on, change, hopefully we can adapt to that quickly.”

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