Liverpool’s Champions League success will make them a target for every team both at home and in Europe, says Ray Clemence.
Liverpool ended a seven-year trophy drought last month by beating Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid to win a sixth Champions League crown.
Jurgen Klopp’s side also became the first English team since Chelsea in 2012 to win Europe’s biggest club competition.
Expectations will, therefore, be raised for the new campaign as Liverpool seek to build on their Champions League success by ending a 29-year wait for a league title. Although they will first have to meet Manchester City in the Community Shield on August 4.
Coming next will be their Premier League opener against the newly-promoted Norwich City at Anfield on August 9. Just five days later, the Reds will then head out to Istanbul, Turkey, to take on Europa League winners Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.
And Clemence, who won three European Cups during his legendary Anfield career, warned his old club they will have a target on their backs wherever they go now.
“It does one of two things – from the team’s point of view, you feel more confident because you’ve won a trophy and you know how to win a trophy,” the ex-goalkeeper told Sky Sports.
“But also you have to realise that in the following season, everyone is after your head. You are the European champions. Whether that’s in the Premier League or Europe, every other team will want to beat you.
“It’s been a long time without a trophy for Liverpool. The Premier League is still eluding them at the moment, but winning the Champions League will give everyone belief around the club, be it players, fans, coaches.
“Having that monkey off their back of winning something, that should give them a big belief for next year.
“You have to expect the challenges will be greater next year, but at the back of your mind you’ve proved to yourselves you can win things and you just need to maintain that strong belief in how you won it, and continue to do it knowing that winning anything back-to-back is even more difficult.”
Liverpool will be in action on Saturday morning in Indiana, USA, for a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund.