Carragher: New energy at Liverpool with Hodgson
Carragher feels the installation of Hodgson as the club's new manager, the acquisitions of Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic and Christian Poulsen, and Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres reaffirming their commitment to the cause has left everyone itching for the onset of the new campaign.
"You're always glad to get back, especially after the summer hasn't gone well for the country and when the squad last season expected more and it didn't happen. I'm looking forward to the season," he told liverpoolfc.tv.
"It is different but it's always going to be different with a different manager and staff. It was the same when Gerard Houllier came in after Roy Evans - every manager has their own way of doing things. That gives people renewed energy or belief.
"The club doesn't change manager too often so when it does happen, it's a big thing. Hopefully we can feel the benefit of that at the start of the season.
"I'm enjoying it. I've been here for my whole career so the only change for me happens when there's a change of manager. It only happens every five or six years here.
"We got the manager in place, then Joe Cole came on board and that was a big lift for everyone in the city and the dressing room. Stevie and Torres look like they're staying, so it's been a big few weeks for us. It's given us a buzz and hopefully before the end of the transfer window there'll be another two or three come in.
"With the changes that have been made, new ideas and new players coming in, it's given everyone more enthusiasm."