Champions League the main target for Liverpool, says Martin Skrtel

The defender is also confident that the Reds will be a better side next season following a summer of positive recruitment.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has told the club’s official website that qualifying for the Champions League is their main aim next season.

The Reds finished in a disappointing sixth place last season, with a poor start to the campaign seing them cast too far adrift to catch up with their rivals despite enjoying a fine run after the turn of the calendar year.

That finish naturally saw them miss out on the Champions League again, after one season back among European football's elite, with a side of their stature frustrated to find themselves outside of that elite group.

With that in mind, Skrtel says finishing inside the Premier League's top four will be the Reds' top priority in 2015/16.

“We played in the Champions League last season and if you play in it once, you always want to play in it,” he told

“That will be the main target for next season, to get a Champions League place. We'll see, but I think if we go from game to game and try to get as many points as we can, it will be good for us.”

Quality signings

Brendan Rodgers’ side have been the busiest in the Premier League so far this summer, having already added a host of new signings to their ranks.

The likes of James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan all joined on free transfers, while Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino have been snapped up from Southampton and Hoffenheim respectively - with the Brazilian in particular signing for a big-money fee.

More fresh faces are expected at Anfield as the window rolls on, and Skrtel says the team will definitely be stronger this season after working hard to bring in quality additions.

“We have signed quality players,” he told

“Our team will be stronger than it was last season and we just have to show that on the pitch. We'll just try to be ready for the first game, which is Stoke away, and I believe we will be.”

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