Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina believes he has seen progress made by the squad at Anfield, despite their poor showing in the Premier League this season.
The Merseyside outfit have been well below par in the top flight this term under manager Kenny Dalglish, with their challenge for the title really being over before it began, as they struggled to keep up with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.
And for another campaign, the Reds will be without Champions League football next season, with a top four finish impossible for the Anfield side this term.
Granted the club have managed to secure the Carling Cup with a win at Wembley over Championship outfit Cardiff City and despite beginning the year as outsiders in the FA Cup betting, they have reached the showpiece final where they play Chelsea on Saturday.
This looks like it has been papering over the cracks given their inconsistent football scores in the league but Reina believes Liverpool have been making improvements this season, despite sitting in eighth place in the Premier League table.
He told the club’s official website: “There’s no doubt we’ve improved from last season already.
“We’ve won the Carling Cup with the possibility of a second while also qualifying for Europe.
“But before the start of the season, if someone had said we’d win the Carling Cup, reach the final of the FA Cup, as well as getting seventh, probably most people would have taken that.”
The domestic cups are all well and good but the bread and butter of the Premier League should be the priority for a club like Liverpool, who were challenging the likes of United for the title only a few seasons ago.
Surely the current season has been a step back for the former ‘Big Four’ side but there is no doubting the promise at the club and they may well push on next term.