Liverpool have been given a warning regarding Mario Balotelli, by the coach who helped sanction his sale.
Filipo Inzaghi, currently in charge of AC Milan, was speaking after the club confirmed the striker's departure, and believes his side can actually improve without him.
Inzaghi is quoted by Gazzetta dello Sport: "When a player goes, all concerned have taken this decision - we certainly lose a great player, but we gain something more from the point of view of the desire and the group."
Had Inzaghi wanted the Italian international to stay, his message is clear, he could have vetoed it.
Yet Milan's poor pre-season form has put Inzaghi under early pressure at Milan after his summer appointment, and he knows the need to change the squad.
In his view that meant clearing out the squad of Mario Balotelli, who has a reputation as being troublesome and a distraction.
Liverpool know all about this from Luis Suarez, but Balotelli is perhaps an even more complex individual and one who is yet to prove he can be as prolific a goalscorer as the Uruguayan.