Liverpool finished ten points behind fourth-placed Arsenal last season and a further 22 points behind champions Manchester United, although their campaign got off to a stuttering start thanks to off-the-field problems caused by George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
Things appear to be much smoother now that John Henry has helped to complete the takeover of the Merseyside club and the American is looking forward to the new season under Kenny Dalglish where a top four finish is expected.
Liverpool have signed Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson during the summer and that has fuelled expectations of a good campaign.
Henry told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet: “It’s too early for us to start talking about winning the league.
“In my opinion Manchester United are the ones to beat. They have a good squad, and look really good.
“Our main goal is to qualify for the Champions League. If we don’t it would be a huge disappointment.”
A top four finish would not only require finishing ahead of either Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal but it would also mean reversing last season’s placing with Tottenham, who themselves have aspirations of a return to Europe’s elite competition.