Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool's capture of free agent Joe Cole signals the club's Premier League intent this season.
2009/10 proved a disappointing campaign for Rafa Benitez's men with the title challengers finishing seventh in the standings.
The close season has ushered in a new era with Roy Hodgson replacing Benitez while on Monday they signed England ace Cole.
Carragher has played numerous times alongside Cole in an England jersey and he believes the club have landed a 'top international'.
The veteran stopper thinks the club have pulled off a major coup by securing Cole's signature, insisting the new arrival has lifted everyone.
"It's great news and it is a message that Liverpool mean business," he told the club's official website.
"We have signed a top international player who has been really important for Chelsea.
"A lot of clubs wanted to sign him but it is a real coup that he has chosen to come here and you have got to give the manager and the board a pat on the back for convincing him to come here.
"Every supporter that I have spoken to is absolutely delighted and all the players are the same - it's given everyone a boost, just at the right time.
"It has been a long summer and we have been in a transitional period but now the World Cup is out of the way, we can start to look forward again.
"The fact we have got him has given everyone a boost around the city.
"It's good news again and, hopefully, there will be more to come. It's the kind of signing that we needed to make."