Reds owner reckons Liverpool will “surprise people” with a challenge for Champions League qualification in 2013/14
John Henry is convinced Liverpool FC won’t be affected by the Luis Suarez transfer saga – and will “surprise people” this season with a challenge for Champions League qualification.
The Anfield outfit’s preparations for the new campaign have been overshadowed by the Uruguayan’s desire to engineer a move away from the club.
However, Brendan Rodgers’s side have been unbeaten during pre-season with Wednesday night’s 4-1 against Valerenga in Oslo their sixth straight triumph.
Liverpool end their warm-up programme against Celtic in Dublin tomorrow evening before the Premier League kick-off at home to Stoke City a week later.
And Henry said: “I have high expectations. We had a very good second half of last season, the reports from training and the feeling within the club among the players, I think we will surprise people this year.
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“My message to the fans is the club is heading in the right direction. This (Suarez) episode is not going to stop us. That’s what we are all focused on right now.
“This club needs to be playing in Europe. It needs to be playing in the Champions League. That’s what Liverpool Football Club is about.”
Two years ago, Henry stated it would be disappointing if Liverpool didn’t finish in the top-four of a campaign which ended with them finishing eighth and Kenny Dalglish sacked.
And when asked how missing out on the Champions League would make him feel next year, he said: “It would be very disappointing. Why am I that confident? I know a little more than I did two years ago.”
Of bringing in any new players, Henry added: “We are working on it, but every day we get a little closer to the closing of the window.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool will entertain League One side Notts County in the second round of the Capital One Cup in the week commencing August 26.