Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool aspect would be the hunted relatively than the hunters subsequent season however he says they won’t be defending their Premier League title, relatively attacking the following one. Manchester Metropolis turned the primary Premier League workforce to win successive Premier League titles for a decade final season, proof of the aggressive nature of England’s top-flight.
Liverpool can be given a guard of honour by Metropolis’s gamers when the highest two sides meet on the Etihad on Thursday. Whereas accepting the gesture, Klopp is aware of Metropolis, along with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, will come again stronger subsequent yr to problem Liverpool’s superiority.
“We won’t defend the title subsequent yr, we’ll assault the following one,” the German informed a digital information convention. “We really feel we’re in the midst of one thing not on the finish of one thing. Will probably be the top of one thing once we end our careers, that’s the top of this era.
“If you assume you may have reached the head, you’re already on the best way down and we don’t really feel that. I don’t really feel lastly glad, actually. It’s simply one other step, an unbelievably huge one, however not the one factor I wish to discuss to the gamers about once we meet in 20 years’ time.”
Klopp’s aspect lead the desk by 23 factors and will set a brand new report for a successful margin, surpassing the 19-point hole Metropolis loved two seasons in the past once they amassed a report 100 factors.
“There’s a hole there and I don’t assume there’ll ever be an analogous hole, though we have to see how huge it’s on the finish of the season,” Klopp stated. “It’s apparent Metropolis are an excellent workforce, (Manchester) United are in excellent form and Chelsea are in actually fine condition and performing some attention-grabbing enterprise in order that’s clear. Tottenham won’t sleep, Arsenal won’t sleep, Leicester are there… a number of groups.”
Klopp obtained some excellent news this week when the African Cup of Nations was moved from January subsequent yr to 2022 – which means he won’t be with out the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita throughout what might be an important stage.
“I like that Afcon is postponed however don’t like the explanations for it,” Klopp stated. “It’s good for us however not a choice to have a good time.”