The mood at Liverpool Football Club surely has to be one of weary hope.
As the new Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers puts together his Kop revolution, fans are watching some strange names pop up on the transfer radar.
Mind you, Rodgers seems to be leaning the Arsene Wenger way, chosing to buy potential rather than proven credentials.
Something Liverpool have actually seen quite a lot of – Andy Carroll for example, but not enough returns on those buys.
The latest to be linked to the Reds is Dutch striker Luc Castaignos - ominously, a rather failed project at Inter Milan.
Everton are also said to be in the mix for the teenage striker.
Castaignos joined Milan from Feyenoord last summer at a time when he was dubbed the new Thierry Henry.
Castaignos was quoted as saying:: “In Italy, I only want to play for Inter, but this is not looking possible now.
“The club wants to loan me to an Italian team, but it is a move I would not be interested in.
“We have thus decided that I will be sold.
Rodgers and Liverpool could certainly do with a Henry.
Especially after his Swansea side last year were likened to Pep Guardiola's Barcelona in terms of approach last season.
Rodgers, 39, said he was not trying to emulate Barcelona but do it the Liverpool way.
He said: "I suppose the tiki-taka football has come from Barcelona and that Spanish version.
“It probably came up with the players at Swansea, who referred to it a lot in our training and our work on having the ball and resting on the ball."