Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is confident the club can be title contenders next season, if they avoid a repeat of last season's sloppy start.
The Reds endured their worst ever start to a Premier League season under Roy Hodgson, claiming just six points from as many games at the start of the season.
And the returning Gerrard, who missed the back end of last season following groin surgery, says the club must get off to a flyer this time round.
There is a renewed mood of optimism at Anfield and that has been due largely to the leadership qualities of one Kenny Dalglish.
The arrival of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez also helped to raise expectations, which have gone to a new level this summer with the capture of Jordan Henderson, with others set to follow.
After a frustrating campaign, a fit-again Gerrard can’t wait to step back into the breach, and he’s demanding a positive start from his teammates.
"It's important to hit the ground running if you want to compete for the title. You can't afford any slip-ups early on," said Gerrard.
"It's a tough first two games but I'm really looking forward to them and I think we can get two positive results.
"Hopefully we will have a few new signings in and we can start the season with three points which would give us the confidence to then go and get a good result at Arsenal."