Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne has warned Liverpool that it will be tough for them to make it back-to-back Premier League titles.
Liverpool waltzed to their maiden Prem crown last season having finished just a point behind Manchester City the season before.
Many are expecting a battle between the two sides at the top again this season, though Reds boss Jurgen Klopp insists his side will not ‘defend’ the title.
But De Bruyne has talked about how difficult it is to keep the success going in consecutive Premier League seasons.
"It was harder than we expected [in 18/19] and we needed a very big fight with them to get it done," De Bruyne told the Daily Mail.
"Mentally, sometimes it's tougher. Some teams are a little more focused on beating you.
"Sometimes, some people find it more difficult after winning to get that same feeling again. It is very difficult to recreate the same feeling even with the same team.
"There is so much in life that goes on personally. Every little thing can change you. Injury can change you.
“Football is all about circumstances and it's already difficult enough to try and win one, never mind twice.
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"I think they [Liverpool] can reach the levels again. I don't think you need to change the team to have the same feeling or ambition.
“But I don't know how they feel. I don't know their desire. For everyone, it is personal."
Klopp wants his side to continue their attacking mentality with Liverpool facing Leeds in the opening weekend of the season.
He said: “If there is a title out there, we obviously have shown that last year we were able to go for it. We did it. The year before as well.
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“That doesn’t mean we will this year because we don’t take these things for granted, but the titles out there we attack them.
“Not only the one, because that’s how I understand it – we are all in the same position, we all start from the same position: nil games, nil points, now let’s go for it.”
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