Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has admitted that the outlook on the club's training ground is a happier one to last season.
The Reds underwent a regime change over the summer with Rafa Benitez departing Anfield and Roy Hodgson taking over to freshen things up.
Benitez's team finished in a dismal seventh place last season and reports of a dressing room rift involving the likes of Ryan Babel, Albert Riera and Yossi Benayoun began to emerge, with Hodgson installed to restore unity at Melwood.
Despite the Merseysiders not getting off to the best of starts this campaign with five points from their first four games, Agger insists that the harmony is back in the dressing room following the former Fulham coach's appointment.
"It is a new team, new players, young players, new staff and I think the mentality you can see on people's faces - they are a lot more happy in training sessions," said the Denmark international.
"When you get a new training session, new staff around you, new methods, it gives you more energy somehow.
"Obviously the sessions have to be good in the right way but I think it is really important for a team to be happy to play football.
"For me it is really important I am happy when I play football because I think I can perform better then and I think it is the same for everyone."
When asked if he felt the squad had grown stale under Benitez, the 25-year-old added: "I think we have to look at the future not the past so I don't think it's relevant.
"In every training session we focus on the future, we don't look at the past."