Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has warned their Barclays Premier League rivals they still mean business - and the signing of Joe Cole proves as much.
Cole agreed terms on a four-year contract on Monday and flew to the club's Switzerland training camp to have a medical.
After a disappointing seventh-placed finish last season, and with no Champions League football to look forward to in the coming months, there was a concern Liverpool would struggle to attract top-quality signings.
However, Carragher believes the arrival of his England team-mate Cole, who was a free agent after being released by Chelsea, shows those fears are unfounded.
"It's great news and it is a message that Liverpool mean business," said the 32-year-old, who returns to Melwood on Tuesday with fellow England internationals Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson to begin pre-season training today after a three-week rest.
"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."