Anfield boss knows where his priorities lie.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has spelled out the importance of returning the club to the Champions League.
The Reds have now failed to enter Europe’s premier competition two years in a row. To do so again could cost the boss his job.
Dalglish galvanised the club’s form after taking over in January leading them to sixth after a poor start had left the team flirting with relegation.
Competition for Champions League places has never been fiercer with both Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea, as well as Liverpool, all having genuine claims to be in the tournament.
He says his team are training well ahead of the new campaign and are determined to return to Europe’s elite competition after falling short last season.
“We never got there last year but we have to make sure this does not become a habit for the future,” he said in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
“We have fantastic players, they’ve trained really well and are sharp and fit.”
Wednesday’s friendly against Guangdong Sunray Cave, will give Dalglish and his coaching staff a chance to see some of his new recruits, including Charlie Adam.
The Reds’ first tour to China aims to tap into the nation’s massive football market and give the country’s estimated 60million Liverpool fans a chance to see their heroes on the pitch.
Hundreds of fans greeted the players at Guangzhou airport on Monday morning and dozens more – many in Liverpool shirts – took pictures as the team arrived at their hotel.
Liverpool will also play a Malaysian XI in Kuala Lumpur on July 16.