Brendan Rodgers believes Manchester City will once again be the team to beat in the Premier League title race.
Liverpool went agonisingly close to ending their 24-year for a 19th top flight crown back in May when they finished two points adrift of the champions.
The clubs meet in the International Champions Cup at New York's Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night and the Reds boss believes they will both be competing for the big prizes this season.
“The champions go into the next season as favourites and rightly so,” Rodgers said.
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“City were the most consistent team and they pipped us to the title by a couple of points. They will be the benchmark for us.
“I'm really looking forward to this season and hopefully we can have a similar if not more successful season.
“There is great hunger and motivation in this group to push on.
“I looked at the combinations today in training between Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert and they were exceptional.
“I think we'll see Daniel push on again this season and hopefully he can stay injury free.
“Rickie already looks very comfortable in the group and we'll also look to bring another striker in if possible.
“We have been welcomed with real warmth here in America and the facilities are excellent. This trip is going to provide us with a great platform for this season."
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Full-back Jon Flanagan won't feature against City as a minor knee problem will keep him out of the remaining matches on the tour but Kolo Toure is expected to line up against his brother.
City midfielder Yaya Toure was linked with a move away from Eastlands this summer but the Reds centre-back always knew he would stay put.
“It's going to be really good to play against Yaya again,” he said.
“I will try to challenge him and try to win the game for my club.
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“I knew Yaya was going to stay at City. Before I signed for City I told him that was the right place for him.
“He is one of the best players there and I don't think he needed to move on this year which is great for him and his club.
“Our pre-season is going great and everyone is working really hard.
“We will give our all in every game and see what we can achieve.”
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