The last thing you want to have is a 'lame duck' as your manager, and Liverpool have ended any doubt about Rafa Benitez' future by re-signing him to a 5-year deal.
Not only does it secure Benitez, but also secures some continuity within the club as well. By having their manager locked in long-term, it allows for the club to build towards the same continuity that clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal have had - both Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have been given the opportunity to grow their team, both on and off the field. Now, Benitez can look to do the same.
As Rob Parrish from Sky Sports reports, signing key players like Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt, as well as his backroom staff, will help Benitez continue to look forward to winning more championships.
He told the Liverpool Echo: "It was a very easy decision for me to take because I only ever wanted to stay at this football club."
"My priority now is to do the deals for my staff and for the players who will be important for this club in the future."
"We want to improve in all departments - the squad, the mentality - everything that we possibly can."
"We want to be successful and to bring trophies to this club for the fans."
He said: "For me and for my family it has been a fantastic week. My idea is always to win trophies, not just games."
"But to beat Real Madrid and Manchester United and then sign the contract makes this a perfect week. But now we must look ahead, not back."