Fernando Torres insists it is imperative Liverpool find new owners quickly if they are to avoid falling further behind the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.
Spain striker Torres, who last month pledged his future to the Reds amid feverish speculation linking him with a move away, also confirmed more than one team had a bid turned down for him this summer.
Reiterating his commitment to "the biggest club in England", where he is contracted until 2013, the 26-year-old said he is desperate to help bring the glory days back to Anfield.
For that to happen, Torres believes current owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks must complete their proposed sale of the club as soon as possible.
"It's fundamental new owners arrive who 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."
He added: "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."
Like Torres, captain Steven Gerrard was linked with a move away from Anfield this summer and his retention was thought to be a crucial factor behind his team-mate's decision to stay.
"Liverpool kept Steven Gerrard, which was fundamental. It's still a great team," Torres said.
"It's a delicate situation because we're not in the Champions League but it's 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 to be is a beautiful target.
"It's always complicated when you start with a new manager and new players, but we'll see what we're capable of."
Chelsea and Manchester City were both linked with mega-money moves for Torres this summer.
"The club received offers and decided to reject them," said Torres without identifying the clubs in question.
"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's fundamental we get new owners."Reuse content