being sidelined for varying stretches. The other was Liverpool couldn’t capitalize against weaker teams, with all six of their losses coming against teams far beneath them in the table. Biggest news: While chases of Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk didn’t bear fruit, the Reds did sign winger Mohamed Salah from Roma. Big question: Will it be able to hold on to Philippe Coutinho with Barcelona calling after the sale of Neymar? Key arrivals: Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson, Dominic Solanke Key departures: Lucas Leiva Prediction: Fifth and more of the same injury issues due to Klopp’s demanding style. 2016-17: Second place, 86 points The skinny: Through smart investments in young players with potential and its own youth system, Tottenham has built itself one of the top teams in the Premier League without breaking the bank. Other than swapping out Kyle Walker for Kieran Trippier, this second-place team is unchanged from last year and should be near the top of the table again. But can it reach the apex? Biggest news: Moved from White Hart Lane — Spurs’ home since 1899, and where they went undefeated last season — to Wembley for the coming season while their new stadium is being built. Big question: Can they take the next step and bring the championship to North London? Key arrivals: None Key departures: Kyle Walker, Federico Fazio Prediction: Sixth and some setbacks at their temporary home at Wembley. 2016-17: points The skinny: The start of the Foxes’ improbable title defence couldn’t have gone much worse, hanging just about the relegation zone for longer than they were comfortable with, for sure. That led to the firing of beloved manager Claudio Ranieri and huge turnaround under Craig Shakespeare. Now, as a full-time manager, he must pen an equally impressive second act. Biggest news: Signed Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, with a slight hold-up being a legal clash between his current and former agents. Big question: Will they be able to hang on to Riyad Mahrez, as the star winger 12th place, 44 faces transfer speculation yet again? Key arrivals: Kelechi Iheanacho, Vincente Iborra, Harry Maguire Key departures: Ron-Robert Zieler Prediction: Seventh, a fight for a Europa League spot and a decent Cup run. 2016-17: points The skinny: Though the Toffees finished 15 points up on eighth-place Southampton, they didn’t really threaten the top six clubs last season. Romelu Lukaku’s reward for finishing second in the Golden Boot race while also becoming Everton’s top scorer of all time was a $122-million move to Old Trafford. Biggest news: Reinvested the money from selling Lukaku into several new players, including Wayne Rooney, who returns to his first club from Man U. Big question: Will Everton be able to push higher in the table with a deeper team and Lukaku gone? Key arrivals: Wayne Rooney, Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez, Michael Keane Key departures: Romelu Lukaku, Seventh place, 61 Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu Prediction: Eighth and perhaps another signing or two coming in. 2016-17: 11th place, 45 points The skinny: The Irons’ first season at London’s Olympic Stadium had a lot of growing pains. The worst, though, was that star midfielder Dimitri Payet outgrew the club and demanded a transfer in January. Not surprisingly, West Ham struggled, finishing 17 points worse than the previous season and leading to some changes in East London. Biggest news: Bought proven goalscorer Javier (Chicarito) Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen to lead the line during Andy Carroll’s inevitable injury absences. Big question: What version of West Ham will we see: The one that reached Europa League in 2014-15 or the one that was winless for two months in early 2017? Key arrivals: Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Joe Hart, From left: Man U broke the bank to acquire Romelu Lukaku; how much longer does Virgil van Dijk have with Southampton?; and Kyle Walker joined Manchester City. Pablo Zabaleta Key departures: Darren Randolph, Gokhan Tore, Havard Nordtveit, Enner Valencia Prediction: Ninth and fewer distractions this season. 2016-17: Eighth place, 46 points The skinny: After another summer of bleeding away top talent, the Saints’ performance suffered, falling to eighth in the table and now getting a reprieve from the taxing Europa League. Injuries up front to Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini greatly stifled the attack, with no player reaching double-digits in goals. Biggest news: Played hardball with Liverpool over van Dijk, leading to an investigation over an “illegal approach” by the Reds. Big question: How will new manager Mauricio Pellegrino, who was passed over by Palace, influence the team’s defensive style? Key arrivals: Jan Bednarek, Mario Lemina Key departures: Jay Rodriguez Prediction: 10th and captain van Dijk is sold either this summer or in January.