Carragher: Liverpool need a trophy and a top-four finish

The former Reds defender believes anything less would not be a 'failure' - but would have left him disappointed in his playing days.

Jamie Carragher insists a trophy and a top-four finish would constitute success for Liverpool this season.

The 36-year-old, who spent 17 years at Anfield as a player, believes the Reds should be content with Champions League qualification, so long as they land their first trophy since 2012.

Brendan Rodgers' side ended their long wait for European football when they finished in the top four last term, though they were just three points short of winning the Premier League title outright.

However, Carragher believes a title tilt may prove beyond Liverpool this time around and wants them to land any trophy they can - be it the FA Cup, Capital One Cup or even Champions League.

Liverpool's pre-season preparations have given supporters much to be optimistic about ahead of the new campaign, although a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in the International Champions Cup final soured proceedings just a little.

The Reds will now host Borussia Dortmund on Sunday, before opening their Premier League campaign against Southampton - also at Anfield - the following week.

Liverpool have bought three Saints players so far this summer in Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.

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