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Klopp names City, Chelsea and Man United to be Liverpool’s strongest rivals next season

It’s been a long 30 years for Liverpool fans, but less than a week after confirming their status as champions, Jurgen Klopp is already being asked questions about next season.

Manchester City’s 2-1 loss Chelsea last week left Liverpool with an unassailable 23 point advantage over Pep Guardiola’s side, ending a three-decade-long wait for the title to return to Anfield.

The Reds have led the table from the off, winning all but three of their league games so far and are on course to break an abundance of records, and speaking ahead of tomorrows trip to the Etihad to face Man City, Jurgen Klopp has insisted he has rarely considered the sides around him this season.

“I never worried about City,” Klopp told the media at the pre-match press conference. “Maybe once around the Leicester game last year. That was once, I will never do that again. It’s is about us and 38 games in a season.

“I saw that last season we can give them a proper fight to collect points and be around in the decisive moments. We are focused on our games. Now there is a big gap, I cannot see a similar gap again. We have to go the extra yard as long as you wear the shirt.

“It was one of the best moments in my life, knowing we are champions of England. But I don’t have to remind myself all the time. After that, we prepare for Man City with full focus. We will be prepared; I don’t know another way.”

Man City’s title win last season saw them become the first side in a decade to defend their crown, and speaking ahead of next term, the German named the main candidates to challenge for the title.

“Manchester City, Chelsea and United will all be strong next season,” Klopp said. “They’re all in good shape, and that is clear. Tottenham and Arsenal will not sleep, Leicester too.

“We have to play 38 games and who wins the most can win it. We will not defend the title, we will attack the next one. It’s the same situation.

“What we have achieved is something for the history books. It is difficult and City is a super team. We have to show that we are ready for that.”

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