Liverpool snapped up Dutchman Dirk Kuyt from Feyenoord as a goalscorer. The international striker had just come off the back of a season in which he scored an impressive 25 goals in 38 games, following on from bagging 36, 22 and 23 in his previous three seasons.
A goal machine he was in Holland, in England he was something else.
At Liverpool he was transformed into a hard-working, high pressing, forward - with a penchant for scoring in the important games. It was this and his tireless hard work which made him something of a cult hero at Anfield. Indeed when you mention Kuyt, who won the League Cup during his time on Merseyside, to a Liverpool fan they might go as far as to call him a legend.
He left the club for Fenerbahce in 2012 and has been impressive in the Turkish league, but he remains an important member of the Dutch national team - adding experience to the blend of youth Louis van Gaal is trying to bring through.
And Kuyt could reach a personal milestone before, or even at, the World Cup this summer.
The former Liverpool forward is currently on 98 caps for Oranje, two away from becoming only the sixth player to play over 100 games for Holland.
He will be joining the likes of Phillip Cocu, Gio van Bronckhorst, Rafael van der Vaart, Frank de Boer and Edwin van der Sar on triple figures for their country if he features in the friendly matches against Ghana and Wales before the World Cup.
He may only feature in one, which would make Holland's opening game against Spain even more special for this cult figure at Anfield.
And we imagine no Liverpool fan would begrudge him the experience.