Tom Morrissey says the Division 1 Allianz League title was very much Limerick's target at the start of the year as they look to build on last year’s All-Ireland success.

For the first time in 82 years, the Treaty men simultaneously have the Liam MacCarthy and the League in their possession after proving too strong for Waterford at Croke Park.

After blazing a trail in last year’s Championship, many wondered whether John Kiely’s side could maintain their upward trajectory, but the early season evidence points to a side looking to push on.

"People have commented on us since the start of the year that we have brought our game to a new level," he told RTÉ Sport. "I think that’s what we want to do the whole time as a group of players.

"The main thing for us was self-improvement at the start of the year and I think we have done that so far. There is a long ways to go this year. When we come back we will want to improve for the Munster Championship."

From midfield up, every Limerick starter managed to get on the scoresheet bar centre-forward Kyle Hayes as their attacking play caused serious problems for the Deise defence all day long, with man-of-the-match Aaron Gillane helping himself to 1-05 from play.

The Ahane man picked off a point but was a key figure up front and revealed that contrary to the popular view about the league, had their sights set on it from the first weekend of action.

"People have said the League doesn’t mean much these days, but we definitely wanted to add this to our cabinet"

"People in Limerick probably didn’t think we’d be back in Croke Park winning a trophy so soon," he said. "As a group of players coming back this year it was our aim to drive on.

"We targeted it, believe it or not. People have said the League doesn’t mean much these days, but we definitely wanted to add this to our cabinet. That’s what we done and we’re absolutely delighted."