Brendan Rodgers has spoken of his hopes and expectations for the coming season as he strives to bring some silverware to Anfield.

In an exclusive chat with LFCTV GO, the manager previews the new season and tells us why he has a much stronger squad now available, as the Reds prepare to embark on a campaign that marks the welcome return of Champions League football.

As the Reds prepare to step out at Anfield for the start of the 2014-15 campaign against Southampton the boss insists his charges are ready, as they look to make it a season to remember.

"We are very much looking forward to it," said Rodgers. "We've had a really good pre-season, preparations have gone very well and we are all excited and looking forward to playing at Anfield on Sunday.

"We've brought in a lot of top class players, we've added depth to the squad and the group is now well prepared for the coming season.

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"We showed that potential last season, but last season has gone and we are really focused now on the forthcoming season. We have got great belief and with the players I see developing every single day I am really looking forward to us be very competitive.

"We know without any shadow of a doubt we are in for a long hard season. Games are very competitive and there are a lot of big games but it's important we stay together."

The boss also revealed he has spoken with his squad about what he requires from them this term.

He added: "My message is I will need every single player. We'll name a squad of up to 25 players and every one of those players will have to make a significant contribution, so it's very much the team effort here and that's something I've reinforced."

Asked if the expectations are different now compared to what they were at the start of last season, Rodgers added: "We were just doing the best we possibly can which was to be competitive and I feel we were that last season. We aim to be even more so this season and we've brought a squad together we feel can give us that.

"The aim for us is we'd like to win a trophy like all of the top clubs and we want to be minimum in the top four and those will be the expectations for us.

"Winning trophies gives you that belief and we went very close last season. We're still learning, still developing. I think [winning a trophy] it gives you appetite for more and that has to be key, but let's see what it does when we get that trophy."

Rodgers admits winning some silverware would be a fitting reward for the support the fans give the team.

He said: "It's a massive thank you to everything they give us and they are a big reason why this club is as successful as it is and the support base worldwide.

"All I ask is they continue with their incredible support. We feel it, we get energised by it and hopefully this season we can give them many more great memories and maybe add memories for them, but we are humbled by their support.

Rodgers is starting his third full season in charge of Liverpool and he admits it's something that gives him a great deal of pride.

He said: "I've certainly felt at home here. I just think the supporters here are very respectful and if they see someone who is working hard and devoted to their club, I think they support that.

"I think they've seen hopefully big improvements on the field and now we are back in the Champions League where this club belongs, and also key for me is the owners as well because they gave me the opportunity to work.

"They gave me the chance to implement my philosophy here, so all of those integrated together make it a great place for me to be and I'm more than happy to live my life as a privileged Liverpool manager."