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The former Arsenal attacker believes that the Toffees can break into the big-time this season...

Freddie Ljungberg will play against Everton as a part of the MLS All-Star team, and he believes that the Blues can break the barrier of the 'big four'.

He also thinks that Aston Villa and Manchester City are going to challenge for a Champions League spot during the forthcoming season.

"Last season, you had Villa challenging for the top spots, and Man City have so much money," Ljungberg said in an interview with EvertonTV.

"But Everton are always up there too, so it's going to be tight and it's good for the game. Manchester United have lost two good players and haven't really replaced them, so that could make it tighter at the top.

The former Sweden captain then went on to praise a few Toffees who had a lasting impression on him during his nine-year stint in the Premier League.

"Yakubu probably saved my neck once, I fell over him when challenging for a header but he held me like a baby to stop me falling. We have a bit of a special relationship,” he recalled.

"I've played against Phil Neville a few times, but he was a Manchester United player so I'm not supposed to be too nice to them," he joked. "But he's done really well, he leads the team and plays hard."

Ljungberg will line-up in the MLS All-Star team to face Everton on Thursday.

Adithya Ananth, Goal.com

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