Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool have sent out a strong message with their capture of Joe Cole.
Cole has agreed to join the Reds on a free transfer following his release by Chelsea and will be reunited with England World Cup team-mates Carragher, captain Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson at Anfield this season.
Tottenham and former club West Ham United were also both pursuing the 28-year-old midfielder before he settled on the Merseyside club on Monday.
Cole will sign a four-year contract to become new manager Roy Hodgson's first signing following a medical during a pre-season training camp in Switzerland this week.
"It's great news and it is a message that Liverpool mean business," Carragher 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.
"Joe is a player who has the ability to get supporters off their seats and I've no doubt he will do that here. 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."