Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish believes they can take some encouragement from some of his side's displays this season.
The Reds finished in eighth spot following Sunday's defeat to Swansea to condemn them to their worst Premier League finish in 18 years.
Dalglish's side also scored the fewest league goals (47) for 20 years as they finished well off the pace for a top four finish.
However, the Reds ended ended a six-year trophy drought by lifting the Carling Cup and reaching the FA Cup final.
Dalglish believes there is enough encouragement in some of the team's displays, if not necessarily the results, to engender optimism for next season.
"There have been some positive things but there has been the disappointment of performances not being matched by results - but we will just carry on," said Dalglish.
"When you consider the season before when we were out of both cups in January and when I came in we were only four points away from relegation it's not been too bad.
"In the league they have not got what they deserved for their performance and in the cup ties we've only lost one so that's not bad."
Dalglish is believed to have flown to the United States to deliver his end-of-season review and have talks with the club's owners.