Jurgen Klopp has told a newspaper very unpopular to Liverpool fans of his satisfaction at beating the Reds to a major signing this summer.
The Borussia Dortmund coach was quoted in Sunday's Sun as saying the deal just would not have been possible a not so long ago when compared to Liverpool.
He said: "A few years ago it would be impossible to get him in this battle with Liverpool, but Mikhi wanted to come to us.
"He likes our style of football."
You might imagine the Champions League football on offer helped too.
The major deal for the Armenian attacker was especially pleasing for Klopp after losing several key players in recent seasons, with Mario Gotze following Nuri Sahin and Shinji Kagawa out of the door.
Even this week the potential exits of Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Robert Lewandowski have dominated the headlines.
Dortmund are despite their success still battling to be seen as a buying club rather than a selling one.
10 years ago in 2003/04 Dortmund crashed out in the third qualifying round to Club Brugges, while a year later the Reds lifyed the Champions League.
Liverpool continue to tread the same transfer market line as Dortmund, battling to hang onto their own star players like Luis Suarez - but sooner or later they are going to need to add a top star like Mkhitaryan to keep the impression they are a buying club which is going places.
If they can do that, then under Brendan Rodgers they can continue building to get themselves back in the Champions League once again.