Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp says ‘we will attack title, not defend it’

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Liverpool will attack rather than defend their title next season, says manager Jurgen Klopp. The Reds sealed their first Premier League title – and first top-flight success since 1990 – last week with seven games of the season remaining.

Klopp, who joined Liverpool in 2015, said: “We will not defend the title next season; we’ll attack the next one. “I have learned when you think you have reached the pinnacle, you are already on the way down.”

Liverpool are 23 points clear of second-placed Manchester City, whom they face at Etihad Stadium at 20:15 BST on Thursday. “City will be strong next season, [Manchester] United will be strong next season, Chelsea will be strong,” Klopp said.

“It’s obvious City is an outstanding team, United is in outstanding shape and Chelsea is in a really good shape and doing some interesting business.” City will give Liverpool players a guard of honour before the match. “I’m not sure if I’ve ever had one. It’s an English tradition so we take it,” Klopp said.

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