James Milner says Liverpool are preparing themselves for a fresh attack from Manchester City when they defend their Premier League title next season.
Liverpool’s 30-year wait for their 19th English top-flight title ended on Thursday when two-times defending champions City lost to Chelsea, giving Jurgen Klopp’s side an unassailable 23-point lead with seven games left.
Milner won the Premier League twice during his time at Manchester City but on neither occasion did the club retain the championship the following season.
Liverpool now face that challenge, with City – who beat them to the title in the 2018-19 campaign – likely to remodel their playing squad over the close season in pursuit of the silverware.
“You see how difficult it is for any team to defend the title,” Milner said in an interview with The Times. “[Manchester] City managed it last season but they tried twice before and failed.
“The two times I was there in seasons after winning titles we were never at the races. That’s something I’ve learnt from.
“This Liverpool team has shown we can deal with disappointment. Can we now show that we can deal with success? Being as good next year as we’ve been this year wont be enough, City will raise their game and so will other clubs.”