Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James believes the Reds will be serious title challengers next season.
James, 45, who played for the Reds for seven seasons between 1992-1999, says Jurgen Klopp’s influence on the training field will be key as Liverpool look to make up more than 20 points from this season’s eighth-placed finish.
After replacing Brendan Rodgers in October, Klopp led the Reds to the finals of the League Cup and the Europa League as Liverpool finished with 60 points – 21 points behind champions Leicester.
It will take a huge effort from Rodgers, who has 41 per cent win ratio, since replacing Rodgers three months into last season, but James is sure that the German can get Liverpool challenging the best domestically.
“The focus next season without having European football, akin to Leicester, will help Jurgen with his bid to win what has to be the holy grail for Liverpool – the Premier League,” James told talkSPORT.
“I’m pretty sure most Liverpool fans would rather have a Premier League title rather than another Champions League title at the moment because it something that Liverpool haven’t won.
“The progress last season was great because if you think about the amount of rotations he made… he gave everybody a chance to prove themselves and in the end they missed out on winning two trophies in the final.
“I think next season will be a good one for him. The recruitment will be key, but more importantly the quality of the coaching on the training field will put Liverpool in a good position to challenge.”