Liverpool fans may be hoping for a Premier League challenge from their players, but manager Brendan Rodgers is first and foremost thinking about a top-four place this season.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, the Reds boss outlined his plan for the 2014-15 campaign.
‘We, like the top teams, would like to win a trophy’, Sky Sports quotes him as saying. ‘That would be an aim for ourselves but of course in the league it’s about sustaining the Champions League football and for that you want to arrive in fourth. Once you’ve consolidated that then you can look beyond that. That would be our aim, certainly this season’.
Typical Rodgers. Last season, the Northern Irishman said pretty much the same thing about finishing in the top four until the final weeks of the campaign.
Even when Liverpool were on top of the league table, Rodgers insisted that his aim was to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.
And the former Swansea City boss appears to be doing the same this term.
Just like last season, Liverpool have been written off by many and are expected to struggle to finish in the top four.
The Merseyside outfit were expected to finish outside the Champions League places in 2013-14 as well, but they proved their doubters wrong by ending up second – just two points behind eventually champions Manchester City.
Will Rodgers and his players be able to do so again? With star striker Luis Suarez gone, Liverpool do have their work cut out, and one will get a better idea of how their season is going to unfold when they face Southampton at Anfield on Sunday.
Can Liverpool defy the odds once again this season?