AFTER a night spent in the luxurious surroundings of the Four Seasons Hotel it was down to work for Liverpool in Boston.
The Reds' downtown base overlooks the city's historic Public Garden which is an oasis of tranquillity, providing welcome shade yesterday from the searing 34 degree heat.
However, there was nothing relaxing about the club's first full day in America as Brendan Rodgers oversaw a gruelling double session at nearby Harvard University.
The new manager maybe without a host of star names on this tour due to a combination of the European Championships and the Olympic Games but it's clear he intends to make every second count.
With a Europa League qualifier, the first competitive game of his Anfield reign, just a fortnight away, Rodgers is on a mission to get his ideas across and time on the training ground is key to achieving that.
The Northern Irishman admits the priority over the coming weeks is to turn the squad he inherited into a more potent attacking force.
The statistics last season made miserable reading. Liverpool scored just 47 goals in 38 league games as they regularly paid the price for failing to kill teams off.
Their tally of 24 league goals at Anfield was their lowest since 1904 and not since 1952 had Liverpool only won half a dozen home league games over the course of a season.
The outcome was a lowly eighth placed finish which ultimately cost Kenny Dalglish his job.
Rodgers hopes he has gone some way to solving that problem with the £11million signing of striker Fabio Borini from Roma. The 21-year-old Italian will fly out to Boston to link up with his new team-mates next week.
More attacking players are likely to follow with Fulham's Clint Dempsey still on the manager's wish list.
However, with the Cottagers wanting £10million for a 29-year-old who only has a year left on his deal reaching an agreement is proving problematic.
Bringing in new personnel is high on the agenda but Rodgers insists a change of system to his favoured 4-3-3 will also pay dividends.
Asked about the need for more firepower, Rodgers said: “That is what this season is about.
“People talk about the goalscoring last year. They talk about playing two strikers or one striker, but it’s about your players.
“For a lot of last season the team played 4-4-2. People cry out about playing two strikers up front, yet everyone at the end of the season said we didn’t score enough.
“With 4-3-3 you play with three strikers, depending on the types they are – whether it’s one up and two wide or one up and two more narrow.
“I want to bring more goals into the group. That can help the group.
“That means the draws can turn into wins and the losses turn into draws. If we can get goals into the team and keep our stability from behind then hopefully we can fly.”
Rodgers has vowed to spend wisely as he looks to add more additions to his squad during the transfer window.
Prior to landing Borini, he pulled out of a move for Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson after refusing to match Spurs' offer but has no regrets.
The boss may not have the luxury of a huge transfer kitty but has reassured supporters that the club won't miss out on a target as long as he believes there's value in it for the Reds.
“There is not a player we will lose out on because of money – I will make that point absolutely clear,” Rodgers added.
“What I want to do is protect the club as well. If I have got a player and I can put a value and worth to him then great.
“I am not one to identify a player then let the club go and spend an absolute fortune, when it will come to bite you on the back side later on.
“There are only a small group of players that will be able to come and play this way.
“Once I am at that value – and if it goes way beyond that – I won’t be prepared to do it. We will draw a line under it and move on.”
Too often in recent years Liverpool have been left with players surplus to requirements who they can't move on due to their lucrative deals.
Rodgers is keen to avoid that happening in future and won't act irresponsibly in pursuit of any short-term gain.
“If there is a player out there who can make a difference, we will do all that we possibly can to bring him to the football club,” he continued.
“What I won’t be prepared to do is waste time, money and effort to bring in a player who won’t add value to the club. I just don’t see the point of doing that.
“That is the way football is. Who would have thought that a club like Glasgow Rangers would fall apart? If you believe that it can’t happen, well it can. It might not be now but it could be later on.
“You can never say that it will never happen. Look at that club’s history and where they have been in the game.
“I will push the boat to get the players that I want to get in. Hopefully the board will support me on that.
“Sigurdsson was not about the club wanting to pay money.
“I will make that quite clear. This was about the manager and how I saw the deal being done.”