Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard believes the club aren’t too far off challenging to be back in the Champions League.
The Reds finished the 2012/13 season in 7th place, some 12 points behind Arsenal, who took the fourth Champions League spot.
However, Gerrard believes a shrewd summer in the transfer market, as well as the continuing progress of existing players at the club will bring about success for Brendan Rodgers men.
He is quoted in the Metro as saying, “Since January this team has shown a better level of consistency.
“We’ve shown Champions League form and there is a lot of optimism and positives to take into next season.
“Our target at the beginning of the season was fourth (place) and we have not delivered that – as players we need to take responsibility for that.
“We finished seventh in the league so there certainly needs to be a bit done.”
The Reds look to be taking swift action in the transfer market this summer, with Manchester City defender Kolo Toure thought to be close to a free transfer move from Eastlands.
Gerrard added, “The preparation starts now for next year. I am sure the manager and staff are already preparing.
“All the other teams will strengthen and we can’t afford to be left behind.
“I am sure the manager is already thinking about where he needs to strengthen the squad to make up that gap so we compete with the top four.”