Liverpool will need to maintain the kind of form they saw in the second half of the season under Kenny Dalglish if they are to challenge for honours, according to Luis Suarez.
Suarez was one of the key reasons for Liverpool's upturn in fortune under new boss Dalglish and is now optimistic ahead of the 2011-12 season.
"I think the form we have shown over the second half of the season bodes well,'' he told LFC Weekly. "We've been playing well and I think we've been getting into the type of form that we know we'll have to keep up for a whole season if we want to be title contenders.
"This is something we're optimistic about for next season and if we can hit the ground running and maintain the good form then I think we've got a good chance of doing well."
Suarez, a Uruguay international, bagged four goals in 13 games for the Reds but his impact saw him widely regarded as the best signing of the January transfer window.
However, despite growing optimism at Anfield, captain Steven Gerrard insists regaining their place in the top four must be the priority when the new season kicks off in August.
''I'd love nothing better than to lead the lads to some silverware next year but I don't want to raise expectation by saying that will definitely happen,'' said the England midfielder, who was a frustrated observer for the last three months of last season having undergone a groin operation in early March.
''It would be stupid of me to raise expectations any more than they are already. At the beginning of every season at Liverpool expectations rise, and now that Kenny is staying and with a few signings I'm sure it'll go through the roof.
''Getting in the Champions League will be the main aim. I think it is for all the clubs in the Premier League.
''For financial reasons it's so important but it's also the biggest competition for players individually at club level. We just need to continue what we've been doing during the last six months.
''Hopefully we'll add some more players to strengthen the squad and then we need to compete. We are good enough to beat anyone on our day, we just need to find the consistency to challenge for honours.''