Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the Champions League is a poorer place without them in it.
The Northern Irishman’s team has no commitments on the continent this season, but Rodgers feels it is vital the club gets back to the top table of European football.
“There's no doubt that this is a club that needs to be at the top - it's an incredible football club with brilliant supporters,” he told Talksport.
“We need to show that progress and I would hope that after three years being here, certainly we would be close to a Champions League spot, even though we know how difficult that is.
The Reds have had a terrific start to the season, winning five out of eight games and topping the table twice.
But the form doesn’t particularly surprise Rodgers, as he saw it coming from the end of last season.
“In terms of our points, the players have made a terrific start and we've performed reasonably well.
“But we're always demanding to be better. We hope we can continue with the points total and keep performing.
“From January, we have produced a lot of excellent performances and picked up a lot of really good results.
“I saw the other day that we are third in the country in terms of points over the course of this calendar year,” concluded the 40-year-old. “It shows there is progress.”
Liverpool take on West Brom at Anfield on Saturday, with a win able to take them top again depending on other results.