It is one thing to win the Premier League, retaining England’s greatest prize is another matter entirely.

That is why it isn’t a surprise only three teams in the origin of the Premier League have successfully managed to win the trophy in consecutive seasons and there is a reason it is incredibly difficult to do so.

History would dictate that traditionally the champions are usually dethroned by a hungrier and more determined opponent yet Liverpool have proven in the past that they are exempt from tradition considering they have rewritten the history books on numerous occasions.

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Once you win the English top-flight you go from the hunter to becoming the hunted.

Only Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have successfully retained the most coveted trophy of them all and it took some of the all-time greatest managers in the form of Sir Alex Fergason, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to do so.

However, Jurgen Klopp has proven he has more than what it takes to consider himself in a similar bracket in terms of his managerial qualities.

There is no questioning the German manager will maintain the hunger and desire around his squad who have recently become serial winners in their own right following Liverpool’s status as English, European and world champions.

Mentality monsters

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 22: The Liverpool Team celebrate on the pitch after winning the Premier League Title during the presentation ceremony of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Since getting that sweet taste of silverware in Madrid 14 months ago, Liverpool have since become obsessed by the prospect of winning trophies and have added the Premier League, Club World Cup and Super Cup to the Anfield cabinet since.

Retaining their league championship will certainly be the priority for Liverpool ahead of the 2020/21 season and Klopp will ensure his players are ready to join the illustrious company of those who have reigned supreme in England in successive seasons.

Both Chelsea and City have had to surrender their league titles in recent seasons and there are determining factors that Liverpool will look to avoid ahead of next season which is due to commence on September 12.

 

For one, both Guardiola and Antonio Conte – then of Chelsea – lost players of substantial significance to previous title success and failed miserably in replacing them.

Conte won the Premier League during his inaugural PL season at a canter yet failed to even qualify for the Champions League during his second season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Perhaps what proved most detrimental to Italian manager the following campaign was the failure to cope with the losses of both Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic who were both allowed to leave the club without being adequately replaced.

Chelsea fell 23 points behind their previous title-winning total and this ultimately cost Conte his job after an underwhelming second year at the helm of Stamford Bridge.

Guardiola suffered a similar fate last season following the failure to replace club-captain Vincent Kompany who proved to be the defining figure in City’s title-win in 2019 following a superb solo goal against Leicester City that ultimately saw the Manchester outfit pip, Liverpool, to league by a point.

Internal value

City’s form since his departure has fallen off a cliff and Guardiola’s misfortune was ultimately Liverpool’s gain after the Reds finished 18 points above their closest challengers during the 2019/20 season.

This showcases that the maintenance of key players of a title-winning squad should take precedence over signings as history has shown it is much harder to replace what is lost in comparison to what can be achieved when the bulk of the team is maintained.

According to The Independent, Liverpool are looking to tie down Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker to long term contracts

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Virgil van-Dijk with Alisson Becker of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 25, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

With this said, Liverpool have meticulously ensured that finances have been utilised to maintain the services of key players who have been tied down to long-term deals at the club.

The club’s priority is to lock down both Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker for the long-term with both wanting extended contracts.

Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have also signed new deals in the last 13 months. Continuing to retain and reward an outstanding rearguard is not cheap and it could prove the definitive factor if Liverpool are to retain the league next season.

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