Liverpool: The brilliant signing that went under the radar

Joe Cole being strangled

Joe Cole has returned from a year in Lille which some would describe as exile, others as a pleasant and informative sabbatical, in which he got to play with the stupendous Eden Hazard. Whatever you want to call it, last year Cole was arguably out of form and out of favour, with then boss Kenny Dalglish.

In theory, and if he can avoid injury, he will fit much better into the Brendan Rodgers football philosophy. And in the light of an average summer in the transfer market, with limited finds available at Anfield, Cole could prove to be as good as a major signing for Liverpool this season.

He’s just returned to training at Liverpool after a hamstring injury and we think that he will get many more minutes on the pitch this season. As we all know, Cole at his best, is the archetypal modern footballer. Small, technically astute, good in front of goal but unselfish and excellent at creating for others. It is no coincidence that Cole’s time at Chelsea coincided with the London club’s most dominant period in the Premier League and, at 30 years of age, there is still much left in the tank for a player who has always looked after himself. He’s a great professional who has been unlucky with injuries through his career.

On top of the rare technique, you will struggle to find someone who loves playing the game more than Cole. If Rodgers can coax the best out of the Londoner, on a regular basis, then the affable Cole could soon become one of the first names on the team sheet at a new look Liverpool.

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