July 23rd, 2010

Joe Cole joins Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard in the front three at Liverpool this season

ARJEN ROBBEN claims Joe Cole could transform Liverpool into the most feared attacking force in Europe.

Cole’s former Chelsea team-mate reckons the Blues made a huge mistake allowing the England forward to leave for Anfield.

And the Dutchman – who now plays for Bayern Munich – is convinced the Reds now have a forward line to rival the best in the business.

Robben said: “With a front three of Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Cole I think Liverpool will be a real force in the Premier League.

“Last year was a freak year, but if those three click I can see them seriously challenging for the title.

“You look at those as a front three and you struggle to find a better front three in Europe – and I include Barcelona’s in that.”

That is praise indeed as the Spanish giants will start the season boasting a frontline of Lionel Messi, David Villa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

But Robben saw Cole at close quarters during his three-year spell at Stamford Bridge and rates him as one of the best players in the world.

The Holland international said: “I read Gerrard’s words about Joe being as good as Messi on the ball and I couldn’t agree more.

“After training with him for so long I can tell you some of the things he can do with a football are as good as anything I have ever seen.

“If Joe is now played in a more central position he will score and create a lot of goals, I see him as a real runner for player of the season.

“He is not just about tricks, though his vision is fantastic. The chances he will create for Torres will help Liverpool to have a trophy-winning season.”

That will be music to the ears of the red half of Merseyside after Liverpool finished a disappointing seventh last season and again missed out on silverware.

Cole will not get Champions League football at Anfield this season having snubbed offers from both Tottenham and Arsenal.

But Robben claims you could not be more wrong to think that he is just in it for the money after signing a £90,000-a-week contract with Liverpool.

And he reckons it won’t be long before those in the know at Chelsea are kicking themselves for letting the 28-year-old walk away. Robben said: “I think it was a big mistake of Chelsea’s letting Joe go, and I am sure the fans feel the same way. At 28 even with his injuries Joe must still be a £15million-pound player in the current market.

“I am sure Chelsea didn’t want to sell him, he has already come out and said there are political reasons behind the move and I am sure we will hear more on that when he is ready.

“He loved London, he loved the Chelsea fans, and he loved the club so something must have really upset him for him to reject Chelsea’s offer.

“I know Joe and the decision would have definitely been a footballing one and not a money one.”

New Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson hopes to have more money available to strengthen his squad once Emiliano Insua completes a £5m switch to Fiorentina.

And he is already being linked with the likes of Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge and AC Milan striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar.

Hodgson said: “We don’t have the unlimited funds that teams like Manchester City – and even Tottenham to some extent these days – seem to have.

“On the other hand some money is being made available and we are doing everything to use that money as sensibly and as intelligently as we can.

“We had quite a good squad of players last season. Gerrard, Torres, Jose Reina – these players mean there is a certain strength to the team whatever we do.

“But we would like to make some changes. Every manager who comes to a new club would like to make changes, to bring in some fresh players.”

                                                                                       Source: daily star

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