Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident that improvements to his squad in the summer transfer window will be sufficient to launch another bid for the Premier League title.
The Reds' final day win over Newcastle United came in vain as Manchester City claimed their second title in three years with a comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham United.
Despite winning 12 of their last 14 league games, Liverpool fell two points short of City but Rodgers is upbeat ahead of the new campaign and promises a renewed fight for the title next term following another summer of change.
"My overriding feeling at the moment is one of sheer pride in the players," the Liverpool boss said. "To finish the season winning 12 games out of 14 - we drew one and lost one - the players have shown an incredible level of consistency and quality in that period.
"Over the course of the season, to finish second behind Manchester City, we'd prefer to finish top, but it is a great marker of the progress we've made this season."
"I think 12 wins out of 14 shows that we clearly have [the capacity to win the title]," he added. "We lost the game at home to Chelsea, which was unfortunate. We've dropped other points elsewhere in the season, but I'm not going to worry too much about what's happened in the past.
"We won today. We were 3-0 up on Monday night and should have won the game, but didn't. We'll be better for that. I'm not sure if there's a group as young as the one here that has finished in the Champions League places, never mind second.
"It has been a wonderful campaign with a lot of growth and development. It has been incredible to see the supporters, to see the power of the club - the institution that is Liverpool. And we've made them dream, that's our job.
"The great thing about us is that we will improve, we will get better next season. We're a young group; we'll add more players and we'll be ready to fight again - now we've got the belief."
Defeat to Chelsea and the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace denied Liverpool a first league title for 24 years and captain Steven Gerrard a first domestic championship.