Henry: Top four minimum aim
Liverpool owner John Henry admits it will be "a huge disappointment" if the Reds fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League this season. Henry has made a top-four finish the target for Kenny Dalglish to hit and rates Manchester United as the favourites to be champions.
Henry told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet: "It's too early for us to start talking about winning the league. In my opinion Manchester United are the ones to beat. They have a good squad, and look really good. Our main goal is to qualify for the Champions League. If we don't it would be a huge disappointment."
Liverpool drew with Norwegian side Valerenga 3-3 in Oslo last night - meaning they have now conceded 15 goals in five pre-season friendlies. Forward Dirk Kuyt insists, however, they can put the defensive problems right before the start of the Premier League.
"I'm not concerned as it's still pre-season. If we beat Sunderland in our first game then it's been a good pre-season for us," Kuyt told the Liverpool Echo. "We have to do a little bit more to be ready for the league but we still have time to work on things. We had a good trip to Asia, we've all worked hard and the next step is to put that into the games."