Joe Cole admits Liverpool need to step up a notch if they are to see off Arsenal in their opening Premier League fixture.
The Reds won their first competitive game of the season at Anfield on Thursday, beating Macedonian outfit Rabotniki 2-0 in a Europa League qualifier.
A 4-0 aggregate win in most cases would make for very good reading but the gulf in class between the two sides means little can be read into that outcome.
The Reds meet the Gunners on Sunday week in what looks the toughest fixture of the opening list and a game both sides will be eager to win.
Vast improvement will be required for Liverpool to do so given their start last season - they lost two of their opening three games before going on to finish seventh in a hugely disappointing campaign.
They meet Arsenal and both Manchester clubs in their first five fixtures this term and Cole believes it essential they start strongly.
"We've had two (competitive) games now and we've got Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt, Pepe Reina and the others to come back," he said.
"We've got a lot to work on and there is a lot for us to do. We've got to come together and continue to improve.
"We have to keep working hard every day on the training pitch and go from there. We know we've got a long way to go.
"You can't assess anything on the first six games of the season, you have to judge us in May."
Cole insists he is settling in well at Liverpool and thrived on playing at Anfield, despite not scoring against Rabotniki.
"I loved it, playing for Liverpool for the first time at Anfield," he beamed having been slotted in behind David Ngog in his favoured attacking position on Thursday.
"It would have been nice to get a goal but I'm just pleased to be a part of a great team.
"I love playing centrally and playing alongside Steven Gerrard is really enjoyable.
"It's always special to play at Anfield in front of the Kop and I just want to work hard for these supporters and try to make sure we get some good results for them."
Gerrard labelled Cole as "brilliant" in his first game at Anfield, saying: "I'm sure there's plenty more trickery to see from him in the future."