Jamie Carragher is impressed with how Liverpool have already established themselves as major contenders in the Barclays Premier League under Kenny Dalglish.
After making seven new signings this summer, following on from the double signing of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in the January transfer has seen The Reds propelled back among the Premier League’s elite.
Dalglish’s side provided such evidence when they beat Arsenal away from home for the first time in 11 years, and Carragher is delighted the club have made such strides in such a short space of time.
"Normally when a new manager comes in you're building," he said
"You take it one step at a time. Under Gerard Houllier and Rafa, even though we won the Champions League with Rafa, in terms of competing it seemed to take a couple of years before you felt like you were not far behind the top teams.
"Now, the way we've started, the way we finished last season and the players we've brought in, I'm not saying we're going to win the league but you feel as if we can give people a run for their money. It's only been six months.
"That's what makes it exciting for me. The quicker the better for me because I'm getting on!
Liverpool concluded their summer transfer window business with the re-signing of Craig Bellamy, after the departure of David N’Gog, a signing that completes a very strong squad according to the 33-year-old Carragher.
"The squad is very strong, especially with Bellamy," Carragher added. "We lost Ngog but are back to having four strikers, which you always want. We've got four centre-backs as well, loads of right-backs, left-backs as well.
"We've still got Stevie to come back into the middle - we've got lots of players there. All over the pitch we look really strong. We've got to be pleased with how big the squad is and how strong the competition is.
"It is as exciting for the players (as the fans) because the last couple of years have been difficult.