Liverpool legend Ian Rush has admitted that he has been pleased with the club's progress already under the management of Jurgen Klopp, but said he is expecting a big improvement next season, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.
The Reds are still experiencing an underwhelming Premier League season, sitting ninth in the table, but reached the Capital One Cup final and have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Europa League since the German boss took over in October.
Rush, who is Liverpool's record goalscorer with 351 goals in 665 competitive matches for the club, insists that all the signs are there to suggest that the Merseysiders will kick on to far greater heights once Klopp has had a summer to build his own squad.
The former Wales striker said, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph: "I think he has done very well so far, but I think next season is when we will really start to see his work, when he has had a full pre-season with the players and another transfer window. I think then we will see Liverpool really kick on.
"It is a shame we couldn't go on and win the League Cup but to win trophies you sometimes need that little bit of luck and we didn't have it that day. But there are good signs there and in time he will assemble a squad, not just a team, a squad capable of competing with the very best - because that is what Liverpool should be doing.
"I think he is beginning to realise the expectations among Liverpool fans but I think he has the fans on his side with the enthusiasm and passion he shows on the touchline. Hopefully it will all start to really come together next season."
There have been general signs of improvement since Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers in the autumn, but Liverpool have still struggled to find any sort of consistency throughout the campaign under the former Borussia Dortmund boss.
In the 21 Premier League matches under the German manager to date, the Reds have won just nine times, losing seven and drawing five, although their successful Europa League campaign so far somewhat improves that ratio.
Although the club are currently seven points off a Champions League spot, they have at least one game in hand over most of their rivals for a European spot.