Pep Guardiola has warned Liverpool and any other team who are targeting a Premier League title push in 2019-20 that his Manchester City side will be in even stronger next term (4/6 Outright).
The 48-year-old Spanish tactician guided the Citizens to their second consecutive title on Sunday courtesy of a 4-1 win at Brighton which saw them finish the campaign on 98 points on the back of 14 successive wins.
It means City have won 198 points in the past two seasons, although while they won in 2017-18 with a 19-point gap to second-placed Manchester United, Liverpool pushed them all the way this past term.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds defeated Wolves 2-0 at Anfield to finish just one point off City and the indications are that the Champions League finalists will look to go again from August in their quest to claim a first domestic title since 1990 (11/4 Outright).
Guardiola is now very aware of the threat posed by the Merseysiders, while he is also expecting the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham United and Arsenal to try and close the gap.
As a result the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss will be holding talks with director of football, Txiki Begiristain, after Saturday’s FA Cup final against Watford as he looks to address areas of the squad which can be improved.
Guardiola said: “We accept the challenge and next season we will be back stronger, I promise you.
“There are weaknesses. They are not the tallest of guys, so every set-piece I go to the church to pray. We defend with Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Bernardo Silva. That is the reality.”
Looking ahead to season’s battle, he added: “Liverpool will maintain it, and the others will be better: United must come back; Chelsea under [Maurizio] Sarri will be better; Tottenham are in the Champions League final and Arsenal will be better as well.”
Odds subject to change