Liverpool's Jamie Carragher sings Joe Cole’s praises and Danny Wilson is next
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher hopes the arrival of Joe Cole will help bring some silverware back to Anfield.
With another new signing, in Rangers’ highly rated defender Danny Wilson, confirmed yesterday, suddenly the gloom is lifting around Anfield.
The club have not won a trophy since 2006 and, after finishing seventh last season, are not even in the Champions League.
But Cole, a free transfer after being released by Chelsea, will add some much-needed creativity to the side and Carragher believes that is just what they need.
“He's a player who's won trophies in the past and who at 28 is probably at his peak age,” said the Liverpool vice-captain.
“Hopefully over the next three or four years we'll see the best of Joe Cole. He's been a top player all through his career, so if we are going to get the best of him then it's great for Liverpool.
“Hopefully he can win some trophies here over the next three or four years.”
Adding another Englishman to the ranks is a bonus but Carragher said nationality was less important than quality and a winning mentality.
“You want the best players here for us to be successful. If you can do that with English players then it's all the better,” he added.
“Maybe they feel or understand the club a little bit more. But the most important thing is that Liverpool win trophies, not whether the players are English or foreign.”
The centre-back knows from personal experience how difficult Cole is to play against.
He just hopes the England international can now start causing problems for other teams.
“He's a goal-getter and he can play in three different positions. Everyone knows he's one of the most skillful players around,” he said. “I would say he's the type of skilful player we've needed for a few years now, but he also puts the work in for the team.
“I've seen that with England. He's also a good character, a good lad, so it's a great acquisition.”
Eighteen-year-old Wilson will become the latest player to join Roy Hodgson’s red revolution after a £5m deal was struck between Liverpool and the SPL champions last night.
The Merseysiders have been tracking Wilson for several months and are now set to complete the transfer after he was pulled out of the Rangers squad that set off on a pre-season tour of Australia yesterday.
Rangers chief executive Martin Bain said: “We have agreed a deal in principle with Liverpool for the transfer of Danny Wilson.
“Liverpool's offer will see the club receive £2million up front with add-ons linked to games played, taking the total value of the deal to £5million.”
Liverpool's interest initially failed to materialise as Rafa Benitez left the club but Hodgson has approved the deal and Wilson could join fellow newcomer Cole and his new team-mates at their Swiss training camp.