Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp thinks Manchester United and Chelsea will be genuine title challengers next season as the two powerhouses look to strengthen their sides this summer.
Klopp has guided Liverpool to the first English top-flight title in 30 years and there are still seven matches remaining.
The Reds are hoping to surpass Manchester City’s record 100 points in a single Premier League season, of which they are 14 points behind.
Liverpool will then have little time to prepare for the 2020/21 campaign where they attempt to defend their crown.
Next season is expected to be much tougher as Chelsea are investing heavily in their squad and have already captured Ajax ace Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
Frank Lampard is putting plans in place behind the scenes to also launch approaches for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz and Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell.
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Meanwhile at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping Borussia Dortmund will lower their £115million valuation of Jadon Sancho.
United will also get a full season of Bruno Fernandes partnering Paul Pogba in the heart of the team.
If second-placed Manchester City can keep hold of their top players then Klopp predicts it could be a four-team battle for the title.
“City, Chelsea, United will all be strong next season,” Klopp said. “All in good shape and that is clear.
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“Tottenham and Arsenal will not sleep, Leicester too. We have play 38 games and who wins the most can win it.
“We will not defend the title, we will attack the next one. Same situation.”
Liverpool take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow and they will be given a guard of honour in their first match as champions.
“I am not sure if I’ve ever had one, long ago in Germany,” Klopp explained.
“An English tradition and it is a nice gesture. I wouldn’t need it as we want to play football and don’t celebrate but again it’s nice. That is it.
“What we have achieved is something for history books. It is difficult and City is a super team. We have to show that we are ready for that.”