LIKE a fart in a sleeping bag - there's no getting away from the bad smell of Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
And just one game into the new season, there it is again.
Despite conflicting reports tonight suggesting Liverpool have now found their fourth-choice centre back in Greece defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos, it's clear the Reds are still going into battle this season without the right weapons.
It's been widely reported that Liverpool's unpopular American owners have moved the goalposts this summer regarding the budget for players, leaving Benitez mid-recruitment with nothing to spend.
And the signings of Glen Johnson and Alberto Aquilani back up this version of events.
Whatever you think of Benitez, it is nonsensical for him to blow his whole transfer budget on two players when a centre back - plus another attacker - are still badly needed.
That's why reports suggesting the money allocated for players has now gone into the kitty to help refinance the club seem to make sense.
What I don't understand about the Yanks is why they would jeopardise the team's success?
It's clear they don't give a flying about the fans and what the club means but credit crunch or no credit crunch, surely 'Liverpool FC - Champions' would be a better 'product' for them to sell?
Maybe they have now given Rafa the nod to sign former Rangers man Kyrgiakos.
But again our manager - who has been linked with Michael Turner, Fernando Amorebieta and Ryan Shawcross - is asking for a table and getting a lamp.
While the Spaniard kept schtum about money at the press conference previewing tonight's game with Stoke, don't expect that to continue if the Texans keep the coffers shut until the transfer window shuts.