"When I arrived at Liverpool, five or six years ago, we seemed to have two very good players for almost every position," he said.
"I have just got a feeling we are getting back there. There is more rivalry, more competition but it gets the best out of you.
"The start of pre-season last year was very strange for all of us. We didn't know where the club was going with the owners but since they [Tom Hicks and George Gillett] have gone, there has been a lot of change. A change of manager and a couple of good signings like Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.
"It all looks very positive. It is what I want and what the players want. We have to challenge with the best and it looks like we are getting there."