Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says his side are not title contenders in the ongoing league season.
The Anfield club hosts leaders Arsenal at home on Saturday. They are eight points behind the Gunners in fourth position, six points behind second and third-placed Manchester City and Chelsea respectively.
“I don’t see ourselves as title contenders. So, I wouldn’t say for us this year, no. We wouldn’t be challengers for it. As a team, it’s too early for that,” Rodgers told BBC Sport.
One misfortune the Reds are keen to put to bed before May is grabbing a place in next season’s Champions League. The last time they finished in the Premier League top four was in 2009-when they were runners-up to Manchester United. They failed to progress into the round of 16 of Europe’s elite competition the following season.
The Merseyside outfit finished eighth last two seasons and seventh in the immediate past season.
But the Northern Irish manager believes the club have already highlighted their resolve to bring back the hay days so far and, however stressed the importance of the vibrant squad setup at the presumed favourites in the title run-in.
“I was at Manchester City versus Chelsea during the week, and the squad these clubs have, they’re set up in order to fight for the title.
“I think people have asked ‘can we play a part in it?’ Of course we can because we’ve been up there all season. But you only have to look at the squads of the other teams,” he continued.
“We are a team and a group that is still evolving.
“We’ve gone from eighth to seventh last year, and we’re now looking at making a big jump into the top four. It doesn’t mean it’s any lack of ambition, it’s the reality.”