By Dominic Toner

Liverpool legend Ronnie Whelan believes that his former club will finish in the top four this season.

The Merseyside club have failed to reach the Champions League places in the past two campaigns, and were last successful in the 2013/14 season, when Brendan Rodgers guided them to a second-placed finish.

Jurgen Klopp and his staff signed contract extensions earlier this month taking them through until 2022 and Whelan believes they will return elite European football to Anfield.

“I think Liverpool will finish in the top four and be back in the Champions League,” he told the Mirror. “The club have made a statement about how they see the long terms and it’s one that I’m right behind.

“Jurgen Klopp has already proved he is succeeding and transforming Liverpool in the short time he has been there. I was very happy with the progress made last season. I’m pretty confident that will continue again this coming season.”

Irishman Whelan spent over 15 years at Anfield and racked up nearly 500 appearances for the club during the eighties and early nineties.

Current manager Klopp has been active in this transfer window this summer as he attempts to improve their league position from last year.

Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum joined Liverpool on Friday in a £25million deal and becomes the seventh signing of the window.

They have also recruited Sadio Mane, Joel Matip, Rangar Klavan, Loris Karius, Marko Grukic and Alex Manninger this summer.

In other Liverpool team news, their midfielder has been ruled out of the opening league clash against Arsenal.