The summer has been a welcome relief for Liverpool fans. Gone are the boardroom battles which plagued the club last year. Instead money is being spent on new players and manager Kenny Dalglish has been left to do his business alongside director of football Damien Comolli.
Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique will all be looking to make an immediate impression as the reds aim to re-establish themselves as a top four club. Combine that with the likes of Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll and old faces such as Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Pepe Reina, the squad looks in a healthier state than that of twelve months ago.
Expectations may have got carried away with talk of a title challenge for this season. But as long as a top four finish is secured, along with a trophy, is blind faith a cruel waste?
After all if last season’s run in is anything to go by, then surely there is cause for real excitement and anticipation at what Liverpool can achieve under Dalglish over the next ten months. What is important however is the need for a good start to the season.
Tough trips lie ahead in the opening months, but if the reds enter October unbeaten then the side will be well placed in a Barclays Premier League that is more wide open than ever before. While the Manchester clubs have spent big again, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham will all be determined to have their say in the title race.
As a fan, the build up doesn’t get any more exciting than this. Defeats and disappointments will lurk along the way, but for every victory gained it will all be worth it especially if the big prizes lie at the end of the road.
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