Barnes was quizzed over Liverpool’s top four chances and he suggested that any question over the top four now means which team can finish third or fourth behind Manchester City or current champions Chelsea.
“As far as I’m concerned, when you talk about the top four, you’re talking about fourth place or maybe third – When you look at the Chelsea and Manchester City squads, it’s going to be difficult for Liverpool – Really we have to aim for third or fourth at best and for me I think that’s achievable,” he told talkSPORT.
Can Liverpool push for the title?
There will be some fans harbouring the hope that Liverpool can repeat the success they showed two seasons ago when they finished second in the league.
However, that team was a very different one and included Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, neither of whom are still at the club.
That was a season where Liverpool were also unrestricted in terms of European football, which kept their number of fixtures down and allowed them extra recovery time between games.
Is the top four a realistic aim?
It certainly is and Brendan Rodgers deserves credit for making a number of sensible additions in the transfer market already this summer.
He’s brought in experience with James Milner, a fresh striker in Danny Ings and someone who can help to sure up the defence in Nathaniel Clyne.
If he can get the right balance in the team and everyone pulls through pre-season without any injury issues, the side has a great chance of starting the season in impressive fashion.