Jurgen Klopp has hinted on mounting another serious Premier League title challenge next season after suggesting Liverpool’s record-breaking season is just the “first step”.
Man City’s 4-1 win at Brighton all but sealed the Premier League crown for Guardiola’s men despite Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Wolves on Sunday to finish with 97 points, one behind City.
Prior to Man City’s centurion last season, no team had recorded more points than Chelsea’s 95 under Jose Mourinho in 2004/05.
The German believes Liverpool could not have done more to win the title, as attention turns to their Champions League final against Tottenham on June 1 in Madrid.
Klopp told Sky Sports: “People might say we could have done this or that but not really, I don’t think [we could have done any more]. City were lucky in moments, we were lucky in moments. It was about staying in the race and believing and that’s what we did.
“When your opponent is City, it’s difficult. They couldn’t get rid of us and we couldn’t get rid of them. Being second in the Premier League is not exactly what I wanted but we have to see it as the first step for this team. We have three weeks to prepare for the Champions League final – let’s give it a go.”
“This team is at a wonderful age group and we will go again and develop. People really enjoyed the ride, that’s a very important thing. If you play rubbish football and win something at the end of the season, that’s good for the future to look back on and say you won something, but this team is outstanding. How we improved and always used the next step.