Steven Gerrard has once again spurned the advances of Jose Mourinho and pledged his future to Liverpool.
The Kop idol turned down Mourinho in 2005 when he was boss at Chelsea and even the lure of Real Madrid, where the Special One has just taken over, could not drag Gerrard away from his hometown club.
And it appears that the arrival of former Chelsea player Joe Cole — a mainstay in Mourinho's successful Blues’ teams — and that of new boss Roy Hodgson has convinced Gerrard that he can still fulfil his ambitions at Liverpool.
“I made it clear that I simply needed to concentrate on the World Cup and then have a decent holiday with my family,” he said on his return to training after World Cup duty yesterday.
“I wanted the chance to meet Roy Hodgson privately and having done so, I'm very impressed with his plans for the future.
“I've only returned to training at Melwood with some of the other World Cup players, but I can't wait for the new season to start.
“I know Joe well through the England set-up so it will be fantastic to play alongside him in a red shirt for Liverpool.”
Hodgson could not hide his delight upon hearing the commitment from his club captain.
“I'm really pleased about it because I've got great respect for Steven Gerrard,” he said.
“It will be a tough season and the disappointment of last season is going to take a while to dissipate, but it is very good that our best player is still going to be playing at this club.”