Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has spoken of his confidence in new boss Brendan Rodgers to guide the club to a top four finish next season.
The Reds finished eighth last season, but qualify for the Europa League qualification round, after winning the Carling Cup in February.
However, as reported by Sky Sports, despite club owners John W Henry and Tom Werner insisting that there is no pressure to finish in the Champions League places, Gerrard is backing Rodgers to achieve this season.
“I do think we will get in the top four," said Gerrard. "I think we will get it. I am confident we will get it.
“I am not being unrealistic. If we can play like we did in a lot of games last season, be clinical and take our chances, I think we will be high up in the table. I do.
"It has got to come. We are Liverpool. We can't finish eighth. We have got to put that right. We have got to take the criticism for underperforming last year. We can't be doing post-match interviews saying 'we should have got the points or we were not clinical enough'. We have got to be clinical. We have got to get the points we should get.”
Last season’s league form ultimately cost Kenny Dalglish his job, but Liverpool appear to be reinvigorated by Rodgers, who joins after an impressive season with Premier League new boys Swansea.
Rodgers has underlined his intent by declaring that £35 million striker Andy Carroll doesn’t feature in his plans, and has made it clear that he wants to bring in new faces ahead of the start of the season.