Liverpool may be yet to kick a ball in anger under Roy Hodgson, but the new Anfield boss could barely have asked for a better start to his tenure.
Signing Joe Cole on a free transfer, Steven Gerrard announcing he is staying and shipping out Albert Riera were all boons for the former Fulham boss, even if Cole just happened to plump for the club offering the most money, no one actually wanted to buy Gerrard and Riera was one of the only left-footers in the squad.
But yesterday, as Hodgson officially unveiled Cole, along with fellow new signings Milan Jovanovic and Danny Wilson, he announced two more bits of cracking news.
One revelation was that Fernando Torres is "looking forward to playing at Liverpool next season". Come on Roy; he may be staying, but there's no need to embellish the good news.
The other, and the one with more immediate ramifications, is that Javier Mascherano told his new boss he wanted to leave the club.
Fine - the fact the Argentina captain has stated he wants out of Liverpool will surprise precisely no one, but at least now Hodgson can get on with business, such as having a bid accepted for Aston Villa's Young. Luke Young, that is.
It feels as though Mascherano wanted to leave Liverpool even when he was at West Ham, such has been the interminable speculation linking him first with Barcelona and now Internazionale.
Hodgson may be close to losing his midfield destroyer, but he will in all likelihood be doing so to a team in another league. Not only that, but Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 20 Premier League matches without him in the side, so how much of a loss he will be is open to debate anyway.
But, best of all, it gives him a chance to flex some muscle for the first time after almost a month in his new job. After being forced to admit to the media that he tried to contact Mascherano several times, only to have to resort to leaving voicemail messages, he can now get his own back by putting his foot down.
He said: "The mere fact that the player is a little bit unhappy with his situation and would prefer to leave doesn't necessarily mean he will leave.
"It disappoints me but it's not unusual. In every football club in the Barclays Premier League - and in the world - there will be players that would prefer to leave their team. Some are allowed to, some aren't.
"So that's the situation. Mascherano is a Liverpool player, he has a two-year contract and I expect him to honour that until the day comes when the club decides to accept an offer for his services."
He may be affectionately known as Uncle Woy, but that doesn't mean he'll be a soft touch. It is almost inevitable that Mascherano will go to Inter - Liverpool need the money and Benitez will be keen to bring one of his own players in - but Hodgson and any Liverpool fans tired of hearing about him wanting to leave can enjoy making him squirm for a few weeks before he finally goes.
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Perhaps, given the fact that their club's website was shut down for a short time in January after they couldn't pay the bill to the firm that hosted it, Portsmouth fans should just be happy that they can still have a club to look up online at all.
But a glance at the current first-team squad as listed on Portsmouth's website will not make happy reading, comprising as it does of 14 players, none of whom are goalkeepers.
They kick off their Championship campaign at home to Coventry. In 10 days' time.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I know some might joke that I've signed a few donkeys in my career. But joking aside, I feel we all have a duty of care towards donkeys like Anapka." - Harry Redknapp shows his animal-loving side by offering to take care of Anapka the parasailing Russian donkey.
FOREIGN VIEW: "There needed to be some changes among Diego's staff... and we couldn't come to an agreement. No one's being kicked out, a contract hasn't been renewed because we didn't have the conditions to do so." - Argentina FA chief Julio Grondona offers some words of comfort moments before booting Diego Maradona out the door.
COMING UP: The third qualifying round of the Champions League kicks off this evening. We'll have live text commentary of Braga v Celtic (20:00) and scoring from every other match too.