Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has requested patience from supporters as the club settles after a summer of financial worries.
Debt-ridden owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks failed to flog the side after they fell £351.4 million into the red. With the financial situation curtailing manager Roy Hodgson's plans to bolster a squad missing Javier Mascherano, their goalkeeper has called for a conservative outlook.
Reina said: "We have to make sure that people don't think of winning the league or being in the top four already at this moment.
"It is going to take a while. We have got to get used to the new players and then the system.
"There are many good teams and our target is to be up there but we have to be realistic.
"Is a Champions League spot realistic this season? I don't know. We will find out at the end of the season what we can achieve.
"Of course, we have to challenge for being up there. Maybe it will take a while."
He added: "No-one has patience nowadays. We are just asking for a little bit.
"We did not spend much money and in football to compete with the others sometimes it is important to do it.
"We couldn't. We sold some players and we used the money for buying some others.
"It's going to be like this for a little while until we sort out the (owners) situation.
"All we believe is that we have to win the next game and game and after game and don't think about the end of the season.
"We just have to concentrate on the next game and take it from there.
"April and May is the time to talk about targets."