Dirk Kuyt claims there is a feeling in the Liverpool dressing room that a serious title charge can be mounted next season.
The Dutchman, who snatched his 13th goal of this campaign in a 5-0 win over Birmingham on Saturday, was part of the side that finished second in 2009 - and he senses a similar feel-good factor around the club now.
"The feeling is a bit the same," said Kuyt. "When we were really close in 2009 and finished second I had the same feeling, a matter of a few good signings and we will be right up there.
"I think this is exactly the case at the moment. With the arrival of Luis Suárez and Andy Carroll we have two top-quality players, but also with the young lads who are doing very well things are looking much more promising and if we can add a few other good players then we can compete with the best next season.
"We are close I think but like everyone is thinking, we have to move forward and get better and better.
"Maybe we are better placed now and we have learnt from what happened in 2009 when we lost Xabi Alonso. If we can move forward then we will be there."