Liverpool star looks ahead to 'big season' - What can Reds expect?

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Daniel Sturridge says he is excited about the future. But what will the Reds be aiming for next term?

It's always difficult to gauge how the season after a failed title tilt will go, especially at Liverpool.

When Rafa Benitez guided the club to second place behind Manchester United in 2009, the Reds finished a lowly seventh the following campaign, marking the beginning of a heavy slump by the club's standards.

Last season, Brendan Rodgers' side came even closer to winning the Premier League but still failed to end a 24-year wait for a league trophy.

How will Liverpool react? Despite the sale of star striker Luis Suarez, Sturridge is feeling positive.

"It is a great feeling; it is a lot of people's dream to be playing for a club like Liverpool and so I am living my dream and I am thankful for everything that has come my way," he told the Jamaica Observer.

"I am looking forward to the future, as I said before, it is going to be a big deal for me and I am really excited."

"We missed out on winning the league last season which is kind of hurtful, but we are moving on now and we are looking forward to next season."

"We are looking forward to a big year, it is going to be a big season and we can't wait to go on as it is going to be amazing."

Jose Enrique, too, reckons the forthcoming campaign will be one to remember.

But how exactly Rodgers' side will fare is a bit of an enigma at the moment. The Reds could, of course, go the way of Bayern Munich, who lost the Champions League final in 2012 but won the treble the following season.

Many Liverpool fans, though, are fearing another period of decline after the sale of Suarez, with many of Rodgers' squad also having to recover from failed World Cup campaigns.

So what will be considered a success for the Anfield side?

Primarily, the Reds need to finish in the top four again. Last season, Liverpool finally secured Champions League football and they won't want to relinquish that after just one campaign.

That task will be difficult enough, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City maintaining their challenges from last term and Manchester United no doubt capable of returning with renewed vigour under Louis van Gaal. 

And yet, if Rodgers' side play anything like last season, another title tilt is by no means out of the question. Very few people believed Liverpool could have won the title until the dying embers of the campaign - when they became near-certainties.

The key factor this time around, however, will be the Champions League. An extra competition will provide a true test for the club's squad depth, while Rodgers will have to decide whether to go for broke in Europe or try and balance their domestic and Champions League aspirations.

If, for instance, Liverpool are sixth and in the Champions League quarter-finals, the club may well throw all their eggs into one European basket. But if the Reds find themselves top of the league and in the quarter-finals, domestic football may have to take priority.

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