The Reds have failed to finish above City in any season since Sir Alex Ferguson's last in charge, through the David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and, now, Jose Mourinho eras.
City won the title with a record-breaking 100-point haul last season and although Liverpool have been tipped to challenge this term, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp says his team are "Rocky Balboa"-type underdogs".
In late July the Portuguese said he was confident of getting at least one more signing through the door, but hopes have faded as Thursday's 5pm deadline edged closer. "I have to focus on the players I have and the next few matches".
Newcastle have again made a profit from player trading thanks to the sales of Mitrovic and Mikel Merino, with Benitez expressing his concern for the Magpies' prospects this season after a 4-0 friendly thrashing by Braga earlier this month. "We just want to go up and that's it".
Rumours linking Pogba with Barcelona continue to surface even though United have no intention of selling their £89million record signing, who is contracted for another three years. Mourinho also has selection problems for the Leicester game, with Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Dalot ruled out because of injuries and Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini not considered fully fit after being given extra time off to recover from the World Cup.
Leicester also spent heavily on seven new players with a £104.3m outlay, topped by Championship prospect James Maddison (£24m) but also secured the services of former West Brom captain Jonny Evans for just £3.5m.
"Because it is very important how they feel and to understand how they think they can help or not help".
"It is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe".
Ahead of Wolves' opening game against Everton at Molineux on Saturday, Nuno said: "We can not control expectations outside, it doesn't affect us".
It has been another summer of transfer drama for Premier League clubs, with well over £1 billion spent by top flight sides, as they all look to improve their squads ahead of the upcoming season.
"It was one of the things I wanted and last season I embraced it, we all embraced it".