Since Jurgen Klopp's arrival at Liverpool just short of a year ago, Reds fans' hopes have been lifted and they've regained a firm belief that their club will, once again, return to competing in the Champions League.
The German arrived at Anfield with a sparkling reputation, having guided his former club Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles between 2010 and 2012 and the final of the Champions League, against rivals Bayern Munich.
And his quality has been evident ever since his arrival last October. But despite the 49-year-old having guided Liverpool to two finals last season, in the League Cup and Europa League, club legend Ian Rush doesn't believe the Reds will make the top four this season.
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Manchester City, United and Chelsea have brought in three world class managers, and world class signings along with it. While the rest of the Premier League has been able to strengthen significantly, following the new television rights deal that came into affect this summer - allowing the league's smaller clubs to spend more than ever.
And with that in mind, Rush believes a return to the Champions League would be an added bonus for Liverpool, while the former striker believes Klopp will bring consistency to his former club, this campaign.
“It’s the most interesting Premier League in a long time with a lot of new managers,” Rush told the Liverpool Echo.
“For me, it would be a bonus if Liverpool finished in the top four. That’s the target.
“I was with them in pre-season and they blow a bit hot and cold. They just need consistency and they’ve got the right manager to do that."
Reds hold advantage
But despite perhaps not giving Reds fans the confidence boost they were after, following two defeats in two finals last campaign, Rush believes no involvement in Europe this campaign will be a big advantage for the Reds.
“The last time we almost won the league under Brendan Rodgers we weren’t in Europe, so I’m hoping maybe for something similar.” Rush continued.
However, despite Klopp being hailed as one of Liverpool's best appointments of recent years, Rush believes the German made the wrong decision to let Joe Allen leave for Stoke City in a £13 million deal this summer, after a stand-out European Championships campaign with Wales.
Allen departure saddens Rush
“It was sad to see Joe go because he had a great Euros and in his last three months at Liverpool he did what the manager (Jurgen Klopp) asked." said Rush.
“The manager wanted him to score more goals, he did that and got into more (scoring) positions.
“People were raising questions about him when he joined from Swansea, but he overcame that and became a better player at Liverpool.”
Nonetheless, Klopp has made some shrewd signings in Southampton's Sadio Mane and Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum, while Joel Matip has made a promising start to life in the Premier League, having arrived as a free transfer this summer.
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