Liverpool FC: 5 Bold Predictions for Liverpool's 2011-12 Season

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Liverpool FC: 5 Bold Predictions for Liverpool's 2011-12 Season
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The upcoming 2011-12 season promises to be a crucial one for Liverpool FC.

With Hicks and Gillette's ownership of the club ending abruptly, and with the Roy Hodgson era never really getting started, this will be the first full season under the ownership of John W. Henry, with Kenny Dalglish as manager.

Dalglish's influence seemed to liberate Liverpool in the latter part of last season. Players like Raul Meireles, Lucas Leiva and Maxi Rodríguez, who had been less convincing under Hodgson, began to find form, while academy graduates Jay Spearing, Jack Robinson and John Flanagan made visible progress.

Whether he can sustain this improvement remains to be seen; he has the faith of the fans but the honeymoon will be over very quickly if the good form of the spring turns out to be a result of the "new manager effect".

Although big signings were made in January, they were funded by the departures of Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel. The close season has really shown the part that Henry has to play in the club's future.

Considerable investment has been made to sign Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson, three midfielders who were in great form last season. Eyebrows have been raised however about where and how often they will feature and who may leave to accommodate them.

Can King Kenny bring back the glory days? How will the new signings fit in to his plans? Is it "our year"?

Here are five predictions for the upcoming season.

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