Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
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There is little time for the Premier League's stars to shake off a World Cup hangover as less than a month on from Russia's summer showpiece, the chase to catch champions Manchester City begins in earnest Friday. On top of the quick turnaround from the World Cup, a shortened transfer window that closed 24 hours before the season kicks off has left many sides scrambling to strengthen their squads, none more so than Manchester United.As United dither, Liverpool have emerged as second favorites for the title behind City after splashing over 170 million pounds ($220 million) on goalkeeper Alisson and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.However, the Blues swung into action late Wednesday when they sold goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in a deal which paved the way for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to move to Stamford Bridge on a seven-year deal worth an estimated 71 million pounds.
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