When the final whistle went at Anfield a few Saturdays ago, Jamie Carragher had already been substituted to a standing ovation on his last career appearance for Liverpool, and Jordon Ibe had put in an encouraging shift on his first senior game in a Red shirt.
The woodwork denied a fabulous swan song goal for Carragher, but Ibe had created an assist—the youngest across the European top leagues to do so in the 2012-13 season. Philippe Coutinho, a 20-year-old Brazilian prospect signed from Internazionale, scored the winning goal from 25 yards.
In many senses, the 1-0 home win over QPR, while unspectacular, was a changing of the guard.
The recent lull at Liverpool became pronounced a year after the impressive 2008-09 season. Since then, league finishes have been at a disappointing low. The only bright side for the Reds is that things can, and should, only improve from here.
Here are six reasons Liverpool fans should have every reason to look forward to next season as Brendan Rodgers continues to bring improvement to the club. Enjoy, and have your say in the comments below.