Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson warned the team that Manchester City won’t be their only rivals for Premier League glory this season.
Liverpool and City took part in one of the league’s most hotly-disputed title battles last season, with Pep Guardiola’s men pipping the Reds by a single point for the trophy.
Both teams finished well clear of the opposition last term as third-place Chelsea could only muster 72 points. On the other hand, Liverpool finished on 97 points to record the Premier League’s third-highest tally.
Even so, it wasn’t enough for the Merseyside club to end their 29-year wait for league glory. Although they did end things on a high by winning the Champions League for a sixth European title.
Now, Jurgen Klopp’s side are preparing for Sunday’s Community Shield showdown with City at Wembley. Naturally, the clash has got fans excited with some even predicting the result may have an impact on this season’s title battle itself.
But Henderson reckons Liverpool can’t afford to discard the chasing pack.
“Everyone will talk about Liverpool and City because they won the league and were so good and we won the Champions League. It is easy to do that,” said Henderson, according to Liverpool Echo.
“You have to look at the other teams. They are going to improve. There are more teams than us and City who will be competing.
“But you have to respect them so much for winning the Premier League back-to-back. That is so difficult. They keep raising the bar and keep improving with the squad they have.
“So, we need to be doing the same and I think we will. The players are hungry. They want more. They want to keep working hard and the manager will make sure of that.
“We have great senior players in the team. We have to focus on what is ahead and keep challenging for all the trophies.”
The English midfielder added: “We showed we were not disheartened after we did not win the league to go and win the Champions League. It was a big moment for us.
“We can use last season as the fuel to be even better to win it this year and compete again.
“We know how good City are and other teams will improve. The Premier League is so difficult. That showed last year, to play as we did and win so many games and not win it.
“But we keep going, giving everything and improving, and hopefully we challenge.”
The Liverpool and City Community Shield clash will begin at 16:00 (CET) on Sunday.