Jamie Carragher is eager for the new season to kick-off this Sunday with the visit of Arsenal to Anfield and insists the Reds will improve on their disappointing campaign last season.
Carragher, who celebrates his testimonial next month, recognises the lift around the training ground that comes from a new manager coming into the club.
“Just like when Rafa Benitez and Gerard Houllier came in, everyone got a lift,” Carra told the official LFC site. “There will be new ideas, difference voices on the training ground and all that helps.”
“We have got to look forward with great excitement. Last season never went well but we have got to forget about it and put it behind us.”
“We have got to be positive and I see no reason why we can’t do well but the proof, as always, will be provided by the performances we produce on the pitch.”
Carra also recognises the expectation that arrives from playing for Liverpool. “There is one thing that will never change. Liverpool will always be expected to do well and the pressure for us to be successful is just as intense as it was all those years ago; it might even be more. It will be like that for years to come.”
“I know people are writing us off and saying we have got no chance but I’ve no doubt that we will improve.
We are not the type of club that says we are going to do this or that. But now is the time for everyone to come together again and show that we can leave last year’s form well behind.”
And finally, the arrival of Joe Cole and commitment of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard has given Carragher and the club a huge boost, “We have made a couple of good signings, like Joe Cole. Not only that, two of the best players in the world have just committed their futures. That is absolutely massive and has given everyone the kind of lift we needed.”