By FOX SPORTS staff
Turning in exciting, attacking displays during some fixtures, but looking mediocre in others, Liverpool were forced to pay the price for their inconsistency after a seventh place finish in the Premier League last season cost them a spot in European competition.
Nevertheless, Alonso, a fan favourite at Anfield from the five years he spent with the Reds, told estoesanfield.com that the progress made gave him cause to be optimistic.
"Well I think, especially at the end of the season, we could see the fruits of his work, when Brendan arrived we knew it was a project for a few years, and step by step he started the season trying to establish his methods," Alonso pointed out.
"Maybe he found it a bit harder than he expected, but at the end of the season with the new signings the team played quite well. So we trust that in the next years, the team will come together, become more competitive and reach the Champions League. That is where we want to see it."
Most observers believe that Liverpool's chances of finishing within the top four lie in the hands of Luis Suarez.
However, the club's top scorer has declared his intention to leave this summer, with Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea believed to be leading the chase for his signature.
Former Chelsea player Gus Poyet encouraged his compatriot to consider his future with the Reds and in England carefully.
"If I was Suarez, I would either stay at Liverpool or leave England for good, him going to Arsenal won't change a thing. If he wants to move, it's probably because of the way the media treats him as a Liverpool player, but that won't change if he moves to another club in England," Poyet explained.
"If it's just for the sake of playing in the Champions League [possible Arsenal move], well, that's up to Luis to decide. But I'd be a lot more drastic: I'd stay put at Liverpool or leave England all together. Luis' numbers last season were out of this world. Liverpool, with all due respect, were a mediocre team last season, but Luis showed a great level."