With Manchester United losing two of their most influential players who bagged them enough points to finish above us last year and with Chelsea seemingly unable to attract any quality players it is all set up to be Liverpool's year.
I understand that it will be hard to beat Chelsea and Utd home and away like we did last year, but if we turned the needless home draws into victories, this would not be a neccessity.
I did not feel that the loss of Alonso would affect Liverpool greatly as he was carried by the team for two years until last season when he was one of our top players.
The money we recieved for him was more than enough and as Alonso has said he wanted to leave before the end of last season, the £12 million capture of Gareth Barry should have been concluded ASAP.
We have let someone slip through our fingers who was worth a few million more the season before, is English (so this will help us in the new FIFA 6+5 rule) and would have fit into Benitez's system a lot more than Lucas.
It alarmed me to see players on our bench against Tottenham that are nowhere near good enough for a club hoping for success. There were a few notable players who started the game that should also be showing more than they have.
Babel has had three years now to produce on a regular basis and should perhaps be given a chance up front with Torres.
Lucas is far too slow to produce a decent pass and is as quick as a school bus doing a three-point turn when receiving the ball. I know it is only the first game of the season but I am starting to worry.
With United de-strengthening their side and Chelsea not evolving we had to take a gamble and sign another quality impact goalscorer as well as other options on the flanks!
Kuyt seems to be doing a decent enough job on the right, but surley their are better right wingers than a slow striker doing the best of his ability. If we did sign a good winger then the second striker problem would be sorted.
Even John Carew would be a great asset to come off the bench in games that we were struggling in. We HAD to take the gamble this season as next season United and Chelsea will definitely be strengthening their squads and our chance will be gone.
Rafa has done unbelievably well in my opinion to take us within touching distance last year and if he was backed would ultimately begin another dynasty with Liverpool.
With Gerrard coming to the end of a fantastic career in the next three years and with Torres, Reina, etc, stating their intent to leave within the same time I do fear for my beloved team and if we took a gamble in the summer I really do feel we would win the league this year.
We lost a great midfielder and a good right back (who was worth a lot more than £3.5 million) and replaced them. We were at a cross roads and I feel we have taken a wrong turning, even though the right way had blinding lights on it!!!!