Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has his eyes firmly set on a top 4 finish in the new Premier League season, and backs manager Brendan Rodgers to lead the Anfield club to a Champions League place. (Liverpool 33/1 in Premier League betting to win the league).
The Reds have missed out on Europe's most premier competition for the last 3 seasons after finishing outside the top 4 with manager Kenny Dalglish paying the price for the club's latest failure.
Gerrard said: "It is certainly our priority to get back into that top 4, and I think it's a realistic target. I think we will be high up the table if we can play again like we did in lots of games last season." (Liverpool 5/4 in Premier League betting to finish 5th or better).
"I don't think it has ever happened that a team has gone from 8th place to 1st place but there are still other big targets for us to focus on in the short term, and to achieve."
Captain Gerrard who is currently with his team-mates in Boston on the club's pre-season tour, says there is pressure for the Liverpool players to perform in the new season, but he has been impressed with the impact Rodgers has made so far. (Liverpool evens in Premier League betting to beat West Brom on 18 August).
He added: "There was shock and disappointment at the time they let Kenny go, but he knew himself that when you are 8th in the table, the owners and the fans will wonder why. You have to move on, and that's what the club has done. We definitely see a bolder Liverpoool team, and I have been really impressed with the manager so far."