Fernando Torres is eager for Liverpool to find new owners in order to revive the club’s fortunes.
Liverpool’s co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks put the club up for sale in April but a buyer has yet to be found.
Striker Torres hopes a buyer can be found quickly.
“It is fundamental new owners arrive that can make us a competitive side,” he told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.
“We’re not that far behind. We had an appalling season last time around, but the year before we were just four points from Manchester United.
“Hopefully we can find a consortium that buys the club and can make Liverpool able to fight financially with Chelsea and United.
“Then let’s see what we’re capable of doing this season. Liverpool kept Steven Gerrard which is fundamental. It’s still a great team.
“It’s a delicate situation because we are not in the Champions League, but it is still the biggest club in England and to play at Anfield every week is a privilege.
“That’s how I see it. I like to have targets, and to be able to help bring Liverpool back where they deserve is a beautiful target.
“It is always complicated when you start with a new manager and new players, but we’ll see what we are capable of.”
Torres has also confirmed that Liverpool turned down bids for him in the summer transfer market.
“The club received offers and decided to reject them,” he said. “That’s where it ends. Everyone thought I was leaving for Spain during the World Cup when there was nothing in it.
“I said the day I returned to train that my future was at Liverpool. I have a contract until 2013.
“This year our target has to be the top four. Like every team-mate, we all want to improve and win titles and for that it is fundamental we get new owners.”