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Barnes: Future is wide open

Liverpool legend John Barnes says Premier League title races will be wide open for the foreseeable future.

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John Barnes: Predicting more thrilling title races

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The Reds' bid for their first top-flight crown in 24 years stuttered again at Crystal Palace on Monday night with a 3-3 draw and while Barnes admits the initiative is with Manchester City, he was quick to highlight the increasing unpredictability of the division.

The former England winger, 50, said: "It's out of our hands but we're hoping West Ham can do us a favour. I'm hopeful but I'm more hopeful about the team showing the same spirit and desire in the coming years.

"This would make them competitive year in and year out. I think you're going to see different teams winning the Premier League for the next 10 years.

"I don't think you're going to have a Manchester United or Arsenal situation of the late 90s when the same teams were winning the league year in and year out.

"If Liverpool had won it, it would be the third different winner in three years and next year I think you're going to have Chelsea and Arsenal back in there.

"If Liverpool don't win it next year, as long as they show the same spirit and competitiveness that they showed this year, then I'll be happy."

On the disappointment of seeing the title slipping through Liverpool's fingers, Barnes added: "You're talking about 38 games and you can't look at any one incident. You get what you deserve and you finish where you deserve. Wherever you finish is where you deserve to finish.

"It's not disappointing if we don't win the league if you see where we finished last year. If you asked most Liverpool fans if they'd have taken fourth, they would.

"Yes, the reality is that two games ago we were favourites to win the league and it hasn't happened - but that shouldn't detract from what a fantastic season it's been and how vast the improvement has been."

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