Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling has said that manager Brendan Rodgers has instilled a belief within the players at the club that they should be challenging for the biggest prizes.
The Reds surprisingly finished just two points behind Manchester City last season in the Premier League title race and have made remarkable progress ever since Rodgers arrived at the club - returning the side to the Champions League after only two seasons under his stewardship.
Sterling is becoming a more important part of that as he matures, and he told Sport Magazine:
“That’s something the manager has tried to bring back to Anfield in the last few years. He believes we should be up there, and he’s got everyone at the club believing again that we should be in and about titles and challenging for things.
“There’s a good atmosphere in the changing room, and on the pitch we’ve got a really good understanding of what the manager wants to do and what he is trying to achieve. Everyone’s working together to try to make it happen.”
Sterling has been one of the success stories of Rodgers' man management style at Liverpool. The Reds' boss seems to have got the best out of Sterling, and there is promise of even more to come.
Rodgers has a reputation for being a good talker and trying to big up his players. He always talks about players that have hunger and desire to play for the team and to win things, but the players seem to have bought into his way of thinking.
Whilst he may demonstrate he is a shrewd tactician, he has had the players on side from an early stage of his reign at Anfield which can be an explanation for their quick progress.
The long-term task of Rodgers is to lead the club back to its former glories, getting the players to believe they can do it is half of the battle.