With some style and quite a swagger about their play, Liverpool FC, led by their talisman manager Kenny Dalglish, closed the 2010-11 season positively, despite losing their final game.
A sixth place finish and missing out on European football, for the first time in as long as many Liverpool fans can remember, albeit by a mere whisker, would have in the past been seen as a failed season. But with Dalglish picking up the pieces of the mess left behind by Roy Hodgson, at the turn of the year, the second half of the season is being celebrated as a success.
Fans are optimistic and expectations are rising with every passing day and once the club starts its inevitable summer business, these will raise even further.
The mouth waters at the additions to Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez that could be Liverpool's next new signings.
Dalglish has certainly done all that has been asked of him this season. Next season the requests may be higher and the title might well be top of the list.
But a sustained challenge and ultimate victory in May 2012 will need some upgrades, here are five that will be a must if Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool as going to be celebrating their first English Premier League title next season.