Reds will need new players though, says the Spaniard.
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Manuel Reina has urged the club’s US owners to invest heavily in the Reds’ squad come the end of the current campaign and so build on the clear and obvious progress made in this season under new head coach Brendan Rodgers, reports the Guardian.
The high flying Merseysiders are at present lying in seventh place in the Premier League standings, now just three points behind city rivals Everton in sixth, and so still in with a slim possibility of qualifying again for next season’s Europa League should they catch the Toffees.
And, Liverpool’s Spain international shot stopper feels that if the club continue to make the same level of progress and develop at the same rate next season as in this campaign, then they can compete for a top four finish and with entry into Europe’s premier club competition, the Uefa Champions League.
However, the Liverpool No 1 has called on Fenway Sports Group, who own the club, to back up this progress by handing manager Rodgers significant transfer funds so that he can continue to add new players to their squad come the summer, similar to the recent arrivals that came in the January transfer window.
“This year has been important for us in terms of getting to know what the manager wants and develop the ideas. Then we have to be ready for the very first game of next season to challenge,” Reina explained.
“Obviously we will need some help from the board but I think the basis is well settled. We know the ideas and philosophies of the manager. It is getting better and better so hopefully we will be ready to compete.”