Dubai: Manchester City are approaching their third English Premier League title in four years and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he doesn’t expect them to let go next season.
A dominant Liverpool won the league title last season, but City will reclaim the lost crown to Klopp this weekend if they beat Crystal Palace on Saturday and Liverpool beat Manchester United on Sunday.
Liverpool, sixth behind Klopp, have struggled with injuries and a drop in form and are fighting to finish in the top four, securing Champions League qualification.
“It always gets more difficult because Manchester City never stops. It’s clear. They haven’t stopped and they won’t stop, ”Klopp said. “Two years in a row, they had us around our necks. OK, for a year we were ahead of them, but we didn’t expect that to happen for 10 consecutive years.
Klopp said Liverpool’s title challenge next season could get tough with more teams challenging at the top.
“Now Manchester United are coming. Chelsea are obviously in a brilliant place, a top team … you can see they’re really good so it won’t be any easier,” Klopp said. “There will certainly be other teams. Like Leicester City – a brilliant manager and a top team in different situations.
“No one should write off Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal. Obviously, West Ham United are flying now. How can it be simpler? The good thing about Manchester City is that you only meet them twice a season. “
Klopp stressed that his immediate goal is for Manchester United and to win their remaining games this season.
“We’ll be giving our absolute all over again next year, but for now we’re focusing on Sunday,” Klopp said.