Joe Cole was perhaps the highest profile free transfer signing of the season. The fact that he chose to join Liverpool boosted the sagging confidence of the players at the club. His experience as a Premier League winner will help a Liverpool squad short on title challenge experience. Cole will undoubtedly be the most important influence on Liverpool's 2010/2011 season.
Milan Jovanovic is a versatile attacker, able to play as a striker or an attacking midfielder, he will add sharpness and big-game experience to complement Torres and Kuyt. Although a Rafa signing, Roy's excellent man management skills should bring the best out of this big man.
Cultured defender Danny Wilson was surely signed with an eye on the future. The new Alan Hansen definitely has high potential as he had shown while in Rangers colours last season. Soon to be 19 years old, he will be one for the future. The Scottish U-19 captain is being earmarked as a future Scotland captain, following in the footsteps of Hansen.
So who says quality signings cannot be done without money? Liverpool had just pulled off four top signings, spending only £2mil. Roy Hodgson has steadied the ship and whilst the opening match against Arsenal will prove more difficult than Rabotnicki, there is every reason to feel optimistic as a Liverpool fan.