Liverpool have undoubtedly taken a real gamble in appointing Brendan Rodgers as manager and it will be a big season ahead.
While it is admirable that the Reds have plumped for a young, British manager, the Northern Irishman lacks presence more than he lacks experience.
What is more, it is a huge ask to repair the mess that has been left by his predecessor.
To be a manager of Liverpool, a key aspect of the job is managing the big egos and talents at the club. I doubt that Rodgers has the clout to do that effectively.
It was painfully apparent when Andre Villas-Boas took the reins at Chelsea that the players did not respect him and were not prepared to buy into his methods.
Equally, there are going to be players at Liverpool who look at this 39-year-old man and think to themselves — 'what have you really achieved in the game?'
While the Liverpool players are probably more respectful than some of the lads at Chelsea, if you are an experienced performer then you are not going to be ready or willing to adapt your game entirely to fit a young boss and his methods.
The trouble that managers from smaller clubs face as they step into a big institution such as Liverpool is having to deal with and manage players as headstrong and arrogant as Luis Suarez.
Under Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool adopted a very direct, long-ball approach and it was not at all effective.
But the trouble is that Dalglish was handed a war chest to buy players that fitted in to his gameplan, which is vastly different to the way Rodgers likes to play.
As a result, it is going to be a huge ask for the new boss to get the likes of Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam and Steven Gerrard playing slick one- and two-touch passing football when they are not inclined to do so.
Rodgers will need a lot of patience and history suggests that the Liverpool fans will not be particularly happy to give him time to turn things around.
Roy Hodgson was appointed in very different circumstances with Dalglish lurking ominously in the background, but the way the supporters turned on the England boss does not bode well for Rodgers.
The Northern Irishman does not have a reputation as a former player to cling to and he may lack a strong enough presence, both in the dressing room and as the man directing affairs from the touchline.
As everyone knows, the Liverpool fans have a big influence and a lot will depend on how they react when the club have a slump or two over the course of next season.
If Rodgers gets off to a very bad start, it will be very interesting to see how the fans and owners react.
It is all too easy to talk about 'new eras' and 'new star coaches' but the fact remains that Rodgers has not achieved a considerable amount in the game.
Much has been made of Rodgers's philosophy and ethos, but that is entirely irrelevant if the players do not wholeheartedly buy into it or have the specific skill-sets to adapt to it.
Make no mistake about it, Liverpool have taken a huge risk in appointing Rodgers. Time will tell if he is the man to turn the club around and, crucially, he must be given plenty of it.
Personally, I cannot see the Reds improving too significantly on their dismal last campaign and I predict a mid-table finish for the Anfield club under Rodgers.