Liverpool cannot afford to get carried away with the English Premier League win and must stay hungry for success if they are to complete with the nearest team Manchester City next season, as per the experienced midfielder James Milner.
The 30-year wait for the 19th English top-flight title got over on Thursday when two-times defending champions City suffered a loss against Chelsea, giving Juergen Klopp's team an unassailable 23-point lead with seven matches remaining.
Liverpool Should Stay Hungry: Milner
Englishman Milner, who won two Premier League titles with City before joining Liverpool in 2015, expects a strong response from Pep Guardiola's team. "You see how difficult it is for any team to defend the title," Milner, 34, told the Times. "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 won't be enough, City will raise their game and so will other clubs."
Milner said his side have the strength of character to cope with the pressure of being champions. "We are now there to be shot at and we have to be big enough to deal with that. It's not a team that would ever go into autopilot. I don't think we have those sort of characters and attitude," he added.
(With agency inputs)