​Former ​Liverpool striker John Alridge has said that the defeat in the Champions League final last season has changed the side, and that the Anfield side now believes that they belong among the elite.

Liverpool reached the Champions League final last season but were unable to thwart ​Real Madrid from winning their third title in a row. Alridge though believes that the team are a different animal now, and their belief makes them very tough to beat this season.

Aldridge told the Irish Independent: "There is a visible change of mentality in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team this season and it's not just down to key signings they have made in the last year.

"I look at the way this team is going about their business and even though they have yet to hit top form in my view, they are a side that has a belief running through their veins that suggests they are ready to go to the next level.

"Liverpool may have lost the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev last May and all of us who love the club felt the pain of that defeat, but the run in Europe’s elite competition has changed the aura around this team for good.

"The players now believe they belong on the biggest of stages, they expect to challenge for the big trophies and most significantly, the opposition are fearful of them now.

"When you look to the Liverpool side that started last season in such uncertain fashion and compare it to the team that have been winning games in impressive fashion over the first month of this campaign, it's clear the team gave taken two or three leaps forward."