Heskey: Top four good enough for Liverpool next season

Heskey has been impressed by Liverpool's transfer business but thinks a top four finish would represent a good season for the club.

Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has said if the club cement their position amongst the sides in the Champions League then it could be regarded as a good season, despite going to so close to lifting the Premier League title last season.

He told TalkSport: “I think a top-four finish will still be good enough for the club next season, Champions League qualification would be a good end to the campaign.”

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has targeted a trophy for his side this season, but the importance of securing their place in the Champions League could prove to be vital.

With a new TV deal coming in, there will be more money to spend, and the potential gap between those in the Champions League and the rest could be very significant.

Heskey added that it is time for Daniel Sturridge to 'step up' in the absence of Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan was sold to Barcelona for £75 million this summer.

The departure of Suarez has left a 31-goal void in the squad, though Sturridge was the Premier League's second top scorer last season after finding the net on 21 occasions.

But Heskey feels there is more to come from the man who is expected to get the largest share of the Reds' goals during the upcoming campaign, and the former Liverpool forward is impressed with the business the club have done so far.

He said: “Yes, they may have lost the goals of Luis Suarez, but they have done some good business this summer, they’ve brought in some exceptional players and it’s just about giving the team that time to gel now.

“It’s also time for Daniel Sturridge to step up now and really push himself in the Premier League."

What would help Sturridge on that front would be a good pre-season which he didn't have ahead of the last campaign, along with a season relatively free from injury.

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