Liverpool fans the world over will be breathing a sigh of relief as Spanish striker Fernando Torres has seemingly ended speculation over his immediate future at the club.
In an interview with the clubs website, he said that he was looking forward to the first game of the season, and with working with new manager Roy Hodgson. Hodgson had flown out to meet with Torres after the ex-Fulham boss took over at Anfield.
After an extremely disappointing season, Liverpool will look to rebound immediately, and it is vital that Torres is able to play a significant role in achieving this.
With the arrival of a number of new players, such as England star Joe Cole, and the prospect of the club being taken over by new owners, a top-four finish might just be possible.
However, with Manchester City having added to their already star-studded squad, and Tottenham returning with most of the team that got them into the Champions League for the first time, the Anfield club know they have a challenge on their hands.
The news that Torres, like club-captain Steven Gerrard, will be staying at the club will make this challenge all the more achievable.