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Klopp predicts top six rivals ‘will all be closer’ to Man City and Liverpool this season

Jurgen Klopp has tipped Liverpool’s top six rivals ‘will all be closer’ to his side and Manchester City this season.

Premier League champions City and runners-up Liverpool were embroiled in a tight title race last season, with third-placed Chelsea finishing a huge 25 points behind Klopp’s side.

The Merseyside club will be looking to go one better than last season’s second-placed finish, as they prepare to kick off the Premier League season by hosting newly-promoted Norwich on Friday.

Klopp has tipped the chasing pack to improve on last season’s showing, and thinks it will be difficult for Man City and Liverpool to maintain their standards from the previous campaign.

“For me, it looks like this season will be different because there was a big gap between the other teams and us and City,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

“It looks like we will all be closer to each other than last season. If that is the case then you cannot get 97 or 98 points. We don’t know in this moment.

“The only thing we know is that nothing will happen for us in a positive direction if we don’t win our games. We have to start with that on Friday. Friday for us is deadline day because pre-season is over and now we have to perform as good as possible.

“A season has a story, and there are different chapters, but without a first word, you cannot start. We start our story on Friday and there is no reason why it should not be a wonderful story.”

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