Can Cole ignite Liverpool next season?
The announcement that Joe Cole has agreed to join Liverpool has to be seen as a tremendous boost for Roy Hodgson and his ability to attract quality players to Anfield. Hodgson has moved quickly to strengthen Liverpool as well as sell players he does not see as being able to contribute to his vision of a Liverpool team that can challenge for a top spot in the league.
Ian Rush feels “It’s fantastic news for the club. We might not have been as successful as we would have liked to have been recently, but this shows we can still attract top-name players. We’ve got a great new manager in Hodgson and he knows what he wants.”
I’ve always liked Joe Cole, even though he’s done enough damage to Liverpool in the past, and he could well be exactly the kind of midfield player we need.
Not only is he a passionate, committed, and skilful player, he’s an Englishman who totally understands what it takes to succeed in the Premiership. This makes him a tremendous asset.
Phil Thompson is also equally enthusiastic about the acquisition of Cole “He can be that #10, that catalyst between midfield and attack with Steven Gerrard dropping further back into the midfield. It all adds up to me.”
Coles arrival should also be seen as a very positive move to build a quality team that’s able to compete throughout the season by players such as Gerrard, Torres and maybe even Mascherano. With the recent arrival of Serbia striker Milan Jovanovic, also on free transfer arranged before Hodgson’s arrival, Liverpool are starting to look like a much stronger proposition.
It’s such a pleasure being able to write about positive news coming out of Anfield so let’s hope there’s more to come before the start of the new season.