Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has outlined what the club’s attentions will now turn to after hailing rivals Man City for their Premier League campaign.
A run of just two wins in eleven league matches has seen Liverpool’s title defence crumble.
The Reds’ domestic focus has now shifted to securing the riches of another lucrative Champions League campaign.
Even that may be beyond Liverpool, however, with the side currently sitting in sixth position having played more games than many of the teams around them.
Should a finish outside the top four occur, a route back into the competition would still be available.
Winning the Champions League would see them qualify automatically, and the Reds currently hold a two-goal advantage in their Round of 16 tie with RB Leipzig.
One player who has his eye on that particular prize is Mane, who recently defended an under-fire teammate .
The Senegalese has experienced an uncharacteristic dip in form this season, notching just 11 goals from 32 matches across all competitions.
“At the beginning of the season, our goals were the Champions League, the Premier League and the cups,” said Mane.
“Now, I can say that it is finished in the Premier League, because the difference is very big. In our head, we always say not to give up, and we won’t.
“But, of course, Manchester City is a great team and being in the top four now is the main goal. But Champions League is our main, main target.
“To win it, not be second, but it won’t be easy.
“We know it won’t be easy, because we will have to beat the best teams in Europe. But we are here to beat the best teams in the world, if possible. So, let’s try to win the Champions League.”
Benitez has “unfinished business” at Liverpool
Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez would “love” to be the manager at Liverpool once more according to prominent Spanish pundit Guillem Balague after he outlined his chances of a managerial return to the Premier League.
Benitez is currently without a job after leaving his post at Chinese side Dalian Pro in January.
His temporary unemployment is not expected to last long, however, with a return to England frequently touted.
The Spaniard has spent almost as many years managing in England as in his native country.
Both sides are currently in the midst of an underwhelming campaign, leading to speculation over their managers’ futures.