Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina has been convinced he still has a future at the club by the turnaround effected by Kenny Dalglish, who has now signed a three-year contract to become permanent manager.
When Dalglish was brought in on an initial temporary basis on January 8 to replace the sacked Roy Hodgson the situation at Anfield looked bleak, but in just over four months the 28-year-old goalkeeper has been persuaded purely by results on the pitch and a change in atmosphere that he can still fulfil his ambitions at Anfield.
Reina said: "I am looking forward to next season. I have always said [that] - of course there was a bit of doubt back in December and January because we were not even close to where we are now."
He added: "We have had excellent news on Kenny's contract, Steve Clarke's (who also signed a three-year deal) and all of the technical staff.
"We are heading in the right direction and we are optimistic.
"I think by making the right steps and taking them, we can all see the difference between now and then.
"That's why we are now optimistic about the future and are looking forward.
"We have to be calm because we know how hard it is to compete with the big teams out there.
"Fifth position is not the one that belongs to Liverpool, we aim higher and hopefully next season we can finish higher.
"We are all looking forward to next season, but we have to finish the job on Sunday (against Tottenham)."