Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is targeting a top four finish this season and is confident his side can provide a real challenge in the chase for Champions League qualification despite the saga involving Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan striker has been at the centre of intense speculation this summer that has cast doubt over his future at the club due to his desire to play Champions League football.
But despite that, Rodgers is keen to focus on the players he currently has at his disposal and feels Liverpool have what it takes to return to Europe's elite competition once again.
“My only concern is the players that are available. From the first day we were back[for pre-season] the players have worked tirelessly. Out of respect to them I only want to talk about them. The Champions League is the aim,” he said.
“That’s always the aim for here and will be for any manager here. I believe we can have a real push this year. It’s going to be very, very tough because the clubs who are in it now have reinforced their groups, so it’s a tough ask. But I believe with the mentality in our group we’ll be in with a chance," added Rodgers.
Liverpool won the competition back in 2005 and made the final once again two years later. But the Reds have struggled in recent years and missed out on qualification for another season after a seventh place finish last season.
Rodgers' men finished 12 points off the top four, and will need to reduce that deficit significantly if they are to return to the competition for the first time since 2009 - Rafa Benitez's last season in charge of the club.
Liverpool kick-off their Premier League campaign at Anfield on Saturday as they welcome Stoke.
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