"We're not far," he told liverpoolfc.com. "It's only seven points to the top four.
"And one thing is for sure; we are going to get better. We are on the move. It's a steep climb for us, but we're climbing steadily, and I would rather do that than be a flash in the pan where we drop off and are back to square one again.
"For us, it's about getting a way of playing in place which will serve us well going forward. We've made changes throughout the club, in the Academy structure this week. Rodolfo [Borrell], who has a way of thinking that is very similar to mine, has moved up and we've got Alex [Inglethorpe] in to coach the reserves.
"That will drip feed its way through the club, and we then have a vision that will serve us well in the future."