Reds captain Steven Gerrard believes that Liverpool can significantly climb up the Barclays Premier League table this season, if they can perform like they did at the end of last season.
Rodgers team lost just the twice since the turn of the year and showed top four form towards the end of the season. The run also included victories by four, five and six clear goals.
Liverpool and England skipper considered those performances as top four worthy and hopes the new signings can help push the club forward.
“The final five or six months of the season were fantastic, we showed fantastic form – I think it was top-four form,” Gerrard told LFC TV at his foundation’s charity golf day in Portugal.
“We certainly finished the season really strong, but we were very inconsistent from August to Christmas – that’s the reason why we never managed to achieve what we set out to do, which was a top-four finish.
“But I felt at times in the season we played some brilliant football. If we can find that level on a consistent basis, I’ve got confidence we can break into the top four.
“The realistic message is to say to the fans that the last four or five months of the season were really positive, we played well. If these signings are positive and successes, they can add to those performances.
“If the fans get behind us and show the support that we know they can, I believe we can push into the top four. That would be a fantastic achievement if you look at the standard of the teams in this league.”
Liverpool have a good start to the season where they play just one team in their first nine games that finished above the Merseyside club, Manchester United. Liverpool start the season at home to Stoke City and then they travel to Aston Villa before entertaining Manchester United at Anfield. But the Reds captain refused to look past the first game of the season.
“You need to turn up and perform. I look at the fixtures all the time but the most important thing is to not get too carried away and look at that first game. We need to get off to a good start in terms of being positive for that first home game.”
Asked about Rodgers maiden season at the Reds he is pleased with the progress the Reds have made under the Northern Irishman and explained the areas of the team which need to be improved.
“When you get a new manager and new staff it takes a while for the message to come across and for all the players to take it on board,” added the Reds’ No.8.
“But we’ve also got to be men about it and take responsibility that, at times, we didn’t turn up and perform. There were certain games where we weren’t happy with ourselves individually and as a team – Southampton away, Aston Villa at home, West Brom away.
“We have to make sure those mistakes and performances don’t happen next year and, if they don’t, hopefully we can have a good season.
“I think the manager has done well – he’s taken a huge job on at a young age. He did fantastically well at Swansea and some of his other previous jobs, so he certainly deserves a crack at a big club.
“I think he’s moving the team and the club forward and making good progress. If he gets the backing from the owners, and the current squad that we’ve already got improves, I’m sure we can make the fans happy.”