Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that the Reds can’t consider Manchester City as the sole title rivals, considering they will face challenges from numerous clubs next season. The Merseyside outfit missed out on the league title to City by the single point last season and the Reds were made to rue for the number of drawn games through the campaign.
Among those, their final stalemate came against arch-rivals Everton, which ultimately decided the title and Klopp believes that the Toffees will pose another tough test next term, he said: “ Everton – probably nobody wants to hear that here – the ins and the outs they are really strengthening the squad, good signings and they already had a good side last year, there are a lot of jobs to do and not just if we can beat City, that’s not the only thing we have to do.”
The Toffees found themselves in a heap by the beginning of February and there were calls from the supporters that manager Marco Silva should be sacked from the helm. However, owner Farhad Moshiri continued to back the under-pressure head coach and that eventually paid dividends with the Toffees completing the season on a high note.
Though the club could not secure European football for next season, they were able to end the season with plaudits after getting the better of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United at Goodison Park while picking points against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, who were the eventual finalists for the Champions League final.
As such, there were plenty of positives from the campaign and it remains to be seen whether they can make the push for the top-six this term. Everton have so far signed Fabian Delph and Andre Gomes on permanent deals while Jonas Lossl has linked up with the club on a free transfer from Huddersfield Town.