Does this even qualify as a false dawn for Liverpool?

How do Liverpool fans feel about their prospects for next season?

'It's our year'.

That was the battlecry from which used to be regularly uttered by Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, and echoed by Liverpool fans who believed they would finally land the Premier League title.

Even under Kenny Dalglish a number of supporters headed into the 2011/12 season believing the club could build on an impressive opening six months under his management, only for it to end in major disappointment.

There was no such bravado last season, as Brendan Rodgers took over the management, very much in the mindset that the club needed a season of recovery to rebuild.

And that's what happened. After a mixed start, they finished it in fine form, even without the suspended Luis Suarez, memorably hitting Newcastle for six.

This summer has begun in positive fashion, bringing in Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto.

The quartet are potentially very shrewd signings, adding strength in depth to the squad and an injection of quality and competition in attack.

With Andy Carroll sold for £15 million and Jonjo Shelvey for £5 million, the club still have money at their disposal to spend on further new additions.

Their plans were halted in their tracks when top target Henrikh Mkhitaryan signed for Borussia Dortmund instead, and fans are wondering who could fill the void instead.

Christian Eriksen and Brazilian ace Bernard are the latest names linked, and both would be quality additions. If the club can net one, or a player of that calibre plus a central defender or two, it would all be looking rather promising.

At this stage though as you might expect with a month to go until the season kicks off, there is more to do, so reading the club's chances next season are hard to do.

An opening 4-0 pre-season win over Preston taught us that the side is more settled under the new management than they have been for a while heading into a new campaign, and bodes well for the rest of the summer.

It does look positive, but how positive does it look to you? With much to be done, Liverpool can only realistically hope at this point to challenge for the top four and spring an upset, rather than pushing for the title.

But that would constitute a major step, and without Europa League football as a distraction, the chips are falling into place at Anfield. 

Is it another false dawn? Perhaps it is, but with ambitions lower than they were previously and fans expectations more realistic than ever before, it may not even qualify as one.

For once, despite the Luis Suarez cloud hovering overhead, the good ship Liverpool is sailing on course, and fans should embrace the journey the season ahead has to offer.

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