Summer is a schizophrenic time in football. Maddening speculation, rampant rumors and lingering disappointment are pitted against the anxiety of the coming unknown, cautious optimism and verdant excitement that only eternal hope can foster.
For Liverpool Football Club, the summer of 2013 has the makings of being one of the most anticipated in the last three years.
With the debris cleared and a foundation laid, the real construction begins for Fenway Sports Group, whose first few years in charge at Liverpool FC came with some lumps and more than one black eye.
But the American ownership group is now more seasoned and, more importantly, it has allowed its model to permeate into all facets of the club.
Here are six objectives that the Club must achieve in the upcoming offseason.