Goalkeeper Jose Reina has admitted Liverpool may have to lower their targets for next season following the uncertainty at Anfield.
The Reds will compete in the Europa League next season after finishing a lowly seventh in the Premier League table this term.
Meanwhile, the club has been put up for sale by American co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett and so are unlikely to spend big in the summer transfer market.
The club's hierarchy and manager Rafael Benitez have vowed to retain their star players like Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, but keeper Reina has offered a downbeat assessment of their targets for the new season.
Reina was speaking from Spain's training camp ahead of the World Cup finals.
"As long as we build a competitive squad we do not have to fear anybody," he said.
"But it is looking like we will not yet. We have to be less optimistic than the last few years and get ready for setting another kind of target.
"(The owners) have to move quickly and anything that happens has to be right now."