Barnes makes surprising Liverpool comparison following Premier League success

Liverpool were a better team last term despite claiming the Premier League this season according to former Red John Barnes.

Jurgen Klopp's side came to within a point of knocking Manchester City off their perch as they registered the highest ever points tally for a team finishing second.

They followed that up this term and went one better without being challenged for much of the campaign.

Liverpool weren't able to back up their Champions League success however as they were dumped out by Atletico Madrid.

But their much coveted first Premier League crown sparked wild celebrations on Merseyside and Barnes expects the Reds to be just as impressive next season.

“I was delighted with them last year – 97 points and finishing second, winning the Champions League…” he told talkSPORT .

“In fact, I think they were probably better last year, but Man City were just incredible.

“They continued that consistency this year in what they did, so I look at it as a two-year victory, if you like – winning the Champions League and finishing second by a point in the league and then winning the Premier League this season, it was an incredible two years.

“Jurgen Klopp has brought a real level of consistency and determination and humility to the team.

“People are now saying ‘can they do it again next year’, but what we can do next year is we can be as competitive as we were this year.

“Obviously teams will improve to make it harder, but I don’t think we’ll be any less consistent next year.”

Liverpool broke the record this season for the earliest title win and equalled Man City's wins total of 32.

Klopp has already spoken about attacking – rather than defending – the title as the German plots his moves in the summer transfer market.

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