MARTIN SKRTEL believes Liverpool have the talent to challenge for honours next season regardless of who signs for the club this summer.
The centre-back admits the campaign finished on a low after back to back defeats dashed their hopes of qualifying for Europe.
However, the upturn in fortunes following the appointment of Kenny Dalglish has left him feeling optimistic about what the current crop are capable of achieving.
“I would love to say I am satisfied but I am not,” he said.
“Our goal was simple and everyone knew it – Europa League. We didn’t make it this time so I can only say that we will do our best next time.
“I have quite mixed feelings about this season. The beginning of the season was not good but this changed with the arrival of Kenny Dalglish.
“This was a turning point for our season and we really improved under his guidance. This gives me a lot of hope ahead of the new season.
“I really think we have a great team and I am lucky to be with these lads. We didn’t fulfil our full potential yet and believe that we can do it very soon. When I look around I see a great team with great players.”
Skrtel, who played every minute of every Premier League game, is full of praise for Dalglish and is determined to reward Reds supporters for their unwavering support.
He added: “Kenny signed a new contract and I believe he is the right man for Liverpool – a true legend. You could see the results and our improvement on the pitch.
“I would like to make our fans happy and proud again so I can promise them that we will do our best next season.
“Obviously the fact that I was the most capped player in Premier League games makes me very happy but our success is much more important to me.
“I wouldn’t have reached this without the support of our great fans. I would really like to thank them for their support. They are always tremendous.”
Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli are busy trying to set up deals to strengthen the Reds’ squad.
One player strongly linked with a switch to Anfield is Rennes winger Sylvain Marveaux.
The 25-year-old is available on a free transfer but has denied reports that a contract with Liverpool has already been agreed.
“I have not chosen. I have not yet signed. What is certain is that next season I will play in England,” he said.
The former France Under-21 international hasn’t played since November due to injury but is now fully fit.
“I was able to resume training this week,” he added.
“I would have liked to train with my team-mates, but the club informed me that they did not want me to take part with the group.
“I enjoyed helping the club to a great season. I am disappointed at not being able to have one last match at the stadium. For 10 years, I gave what I had to give to Rennes.”