Liverpool and Manchester City have set the benchmark for the rest of the Premier League to follow, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said after masterminding the 2-1 win over City that handed the Reds their first league title in 30 years.
Lampard, who won three Premier League titles as a player at Chelsea, congratulated Liverpool in a news conference and said it was up to other clubs to match them and Pep Guardiola's City.
"I think for the last three seasons, themselves (Liverpool) and City have been out on their own pretty much, and that's a lot of work," he said.
"It's a gap that we want to try and breach, we want to move up towards - they are two of the best teams in the world. Again, credit to Liverpool for what they've done," Lampard added.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola also hailed the Reds, telling BT Sport: "Of course a big congratulations to Liverpool for this great season and the title they have won.
"We were not consistent like the previous seasons and, after 30 years not winning the title, Liverpool had incredible focus on every game and played like it was the last game and in the beginning we did not play that way.
"When they take that advantage, the pressure on us is bigger, but we can not forget we are second in the league so we are better than a lot of teams.
"Two years ago we were 25 points in front of Liverpool so after two season they catch up. They have more than 20 right now so we must try to reduce it."