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Klopp insists Liverpool and Man City will be challenged more next season

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists they and Manchester City will be challenged more intensely next season.

The dominance of City and Liverpool - who will both finish in the top two for the third time in four seasons - is such there is a an 18-point gap to outgoing European champions Chelsea in third place.

Klopp, though, is under no illusion over the size of the task facing his squad next season in fending off the Londoners, along with a revitalised Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, who will be managed by departing Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.

Asked if any team can challenge Liverpool and City, the Reds boss said: "Yes. When we play Chelsea, I see that. In the FA Cup final, I was over the moon with our first half-hour because that was the best half-hour we'd ever played against Chelsea because it's incredibly difficult. We will learn, and we will see how the squads will look next season, all these kind of things.

"But you know Ten Hag is arriving at United and they don't wait now five years or whatever, they will go big and these kind of things. You have Tottenham and Antonio Conte is very, very ambitious and they have already a good team. To play in two competitions (Premier League and Champions League) they will need a few more players and they will bring them in."

Klopp added: "Nobody has to worry that the gap will stay forever or whatever. It was the hardest work to get here. So if we take the foot a little bit off the gas then immediately it's not whatever the gap is at the moment, it's immediately three points and that's nothing.

"It's all about us to make sure we can be as good as possible. The rest we don't have a real influence on. We have a talented group and we will have a talented group next year, but we have to make a proper machine of it again. And then we go, and then we will see."


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