The Reds have not qualified for the Champions League since running Manchester United close in the Barclays Premier League title race in 2009.
In the three subsequent seasons they have finished seventh, sixth and eighth and seen the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham take places in the top four.
Rodgers has spent the two and a half months since taking over from Kenny Dalglish in June restructuring the way the team plays to make them more compatible with his principles of a passing and pressing game.
“I’ve said right from the off I want to make us as competitive as we can possibly be,” he said ahead of today’s opener at West Brom.
“The challenge at the top of the table is greater than ever. Now there are seven or eight teams involved but the top four is certainly not something we’ll shy away from. It’s where a club of this status wants to be.”
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