Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is not convinced Liverpool have what it takes to challenge for the top four this season.
The Reds managed an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League last season as new manager Jurgen Klopp took charge in the second-half of the campaign.
Now, having invested around £62-million in new players for the upcoming season, the German manager is confident of an improved showing.
The Reds did manage to reach two cup finals last term but ultimately ended the season trophyless as they were defeated by Manchester City in the League Cup and then succumbed to Sevilla in the final of the Europa League.
But with the Manchester clubs as well as the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal making signings of their own, Redknapp is not convinced Liverpool look well placed to compete.
‘I think Liverpool have almost dropped out of the top four,’ Redknapp told BetSafe.
‘It’s very difficult because there are six or seven teams next year and three of them are going to be very disappointed, big managers, big budgets and everything else that goes along with it and they’re suddenly going to have disappointing seasons.’
Liverpool’s biggest signing for the new season is Sadio Mane, who has arrived for an initial £30-million from Southampton.
The Reds have also added the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Loris Karius to their ranks.