After the tributes to the retiring Jamie Carragher ended and fans drifted away from Anfield for the final time in three months following the final day win over QPR, Liverpool were left with the kind of transitional 2012/13 season that many had predicted.
Following a seventh-place finish in the Premier League the club must now look forward to a 2013/14 campaign which simply has to show more tangible signs of progress than the previous one did. The Reds simply have to get closer to the elite now for fear of being left behind them forever.
Fortunately for the club's fans there are plenty of reasons for excitement ahead of the new campaign due to events both at Anfield and beyond.
Here are just eight of them: