Stewart Downing was bought to provide a supply of crosses in to Andy Carroll and generally distribute the ball in the attack.
Despite his £20 million transfer fee, Downing has yet to record a goal or even an assist in the Premier League for Liverpool.
He's looked absolutely woeful at times this year.
However, he won Man of the Match at the Carling Cup final yesterday. It was the best performance he has put together at Liverpool.
Although it was against a championship side, Downing looked like the kind of player the Reds believed they were buying.
It's also the kind of performance to give the Englishman the confidence he needs to be a great creator.
The Stewart Downing Liverpool supporters will see the rest of the season will be vastly different from the Downing of earlier in the year.