Klopp expects Liverpool to face tougher title fight next term

28 July 2020 | Sports

Nampa/AFP



Liverpool turned the Premier League title race into a procession this season, but Jurgen Klopp expects his champions to face a much tougher fight to retain the trophy next term.

Klopp's side powered to their first English title in 30 years with a dominant campaign that left rivals trailing in their wake.

Liverpool wrapped up the silverware with a record seven games remaining and finished the season 18 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City.

The Reds' remarkable run forced City to surrender the title they had won for the last two years, with Pep Guardiola's team unable to master the consistency required to keep up the pace.



Golden year yet to come

With Liverpool also having won the Champions League in the 2018/19 season and the Club World Cup in December, some pundits believe the Anfield club are primed for a golden era of dominance.

All the pieces are in place for the Reds to win consecutive titles for the first time since 1984, with Klopp signed to a long-term contract and key stars Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson all in their primes.

Liverpool also has a cadre of emerging youngsters capable of bolstering the squad next season.

But the German insists Liverpool will take nothing for granted when the 2020/21 campaign kicks off because he expects a renewed push from City and stronger challenges from Manchester United and Chelsea.



United a potential threat

“Whatever people say, it will not be important for next season because for sure we both have to be ready,” Klopp said.

“We see United coming up. People thought they had no chance, but we see with one or two players how good they are and how good they can be, and for sure they will not be worse next season, and now there is Chelsea as well,” he said.

City clearly has the pedigree to take back the title. They set a 100-point Premier League record total in 2018 that Liverpool were unable to match this season, and pipped Klopp's men to the title again in 2019.

Guardiola's side could yet underline their enduring class by ending the campaign as Champions League winners.



Undeniably inconsistent

City were undeniably inconsistent this season, with defensive frailties exposed after failing to replace Vincent Kompany and losing Aymeric Laporte to injury for long periods.

Long-serving Spanish midfielder David Silva will leave this summer, but Phil Foden's development gives Guardiola a potential replacement.

Klopp does not expect a drop-off from City, who made a point about their ability to compete with Liverpool when they crushed them 4-0 in the Reds' first game after clinching the title.

“I'm very positive about my team but I cannot deny City is really good. That was always the case, and I cannot see the end of anything for City,” he said.

Similar News

 

Tennis sheds its elitist image

13 hours ago | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa WINDHOEKThe game of tennis in Namibia has gradually moved from an era where it was regarded as a 'white sport'...

MTSL to commence in September

13 hours ago | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISAWINDHOEK The Maize Triangle Soccer League (MTSL) will restart during the weekend of 5 September, Touch & Go spokesperson and league member Jefta...

Five substitutes allowed as competition returns

13 hours ago | Sports

Nampa/ANAThe Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Tuesday announced special substitute allowances during games ahead of the resumption of domestic football in South Africa on Saturday.The...

NGF's powers seized

13 hours ago | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMIWINDHOEKDue to turmoil and divided factions, the Namibia Gymnastics Federation (NGF) has been placed under administration, it was announced yesterday by the Namibia Sports...

NASA postponed

13 hours ago | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMIWINDHOEKThe 17th edition of the Namibia Annual Sport Awards (NASA) has been postponed to October next year.This announcement was made by Freddy Mwiya, chairperson...

Junior cricket tournament launched

13 hours ago | Sports

NAMPAYesterday Cricket Namibia (CN) launched a new youth developmental cricket tournament in Windhoek called the National African Personal Services (APS) Sixes.This tournament will cater for...

No more turf invasions

1 day - 05 August 2020 | Sports

NAMPAThe Namibia Horse Racing Association (NHRA) will in future make use of the Namibian Police to control spectators at its events and enforce adherence to...

Athletes want their share

1 day - 05 August 2020 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMIWINDHOEKThe ministry of sports and the Namibia Sports Commission have still not rewarded athletes who won silverware for Namibia at international competitions last year.Namibian...

Kekana admits fans worry ahead of restart

1 day - 05 August 2020 | Sports

SUPERSPORTMamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana admits it will take some getting used to playing in front of empty stands for the remainder of the 2019/20...

KTS-toernooi in Okahandja ‘n reusesukses

2 days ago - 04 August 2020 | Sports

Mariselle StofbergJong tennisspelers het weer die afgelope naweek die geleentheid gekry om hul talente tydens die Kallie Tennis Skool (KTS)-toernooi ten toon te stel. Met...

Latest News

Nacc prohibits proposed Chinese merger

13 hours ago | Business

Phillepus Uusiku The Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC) made a decision to prohibit the acquisition of Schwenk Namibia Pty Ltd by West China Cement Limited due...

River-crossing fugitive in custody

13 hours ago | Crime

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKImmanuel David, a Namibian-born South African passport holder who entered the country illegally by crossing the Orange River in a canoe in June, has...

Harambee goal down the toilet

13 hours ago | Government

Jo-Maré Duddy WINDHOEK Of the 50 000 toilets in informal settlements in rural areas President Hage Geingob promised in his Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP)...

Contraceptive shortage: 27 900 unintended...

13 hours ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKA study predicts that up to 27 900 unintended pregnancies may occur in Namibia because of a shortage of contraceptives brought about by the...

RFA spend massive amounts

13 hours ago | Economics

The Road Fund Administration (RFA) has over the past five-years allocated N$ 177.2 million to the City of Windhoek towards road maintenance and traffic law...

Rid Namibian police of rogue...

13 hours ago | Opinion

Videos of Namibian police officers assaulting alleged illegal immigrants from Zambia are a continuation of many violations that have become common place within the national...

'Covid-19 used for hidden agendas'

13 hours ago | Labour

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK The Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) yesterday accused government of purposefully using the Covid-19 pandemic to clandestinely and deliberately destroy parastatals,...

Otavi man commits suicide by...

13 hours ago | Crime

NAMPAOTJIWARONGOA 30-year-old man from Otavi committed suicide by allegedly drinking acid on Monday.Otjozondjupa police spokesperson, Inspector Maureen Mbeha, said yesterday the deceased has been identified...

N$5.5m for wildlife protection

13 hours ago | Environment

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK The Game Product Trust Fund (GPTF) has become increasingly important in protecting wildlife due to a lack of funding from government. The...

Load More