Owner wants Anfield to experience European football once more.
Liverpool owner John W Henry has challenged manager Kenny Dalglish to return the club to the Champions League this season.
The American businessman insists it would be a ‘major disappointment’ if the Reds failed to qualify for Europe’s premier competition.
Henry was in Oslo to see Dalglish’s side come from behind to secure a 3-3 friendly draw with Valerenga.
He witnessed Liverpool’s latest erratic defensive performance of the summer and they have now conceded a worrying 15 goals in five fixtures.
Dalglish has spent £100million of the owner’s money since taking the helm in January while sanctioning the sales of Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel.
Several players including Joe Cole, Alberto Aquilani and Christian Poulsen are rumoured to be up for sale but so far have not been able to find a buyer.
But this has not stopped Henry expecting the Scot to deliver a top-four finish in his first full season in charge since returning to the club to replace Roy Hodgson.
“It’s too early for us to start talking about winning the league,” said Henry. “In my opinion Manchester United (are the team to beat). They have a good squad and look good.
“Our main goal is to qualify for the Champions League. If we don’t it would be a major disappointment.”