The signing of Joe Cole has brought renewed optimism at Liverpool football club and suddenly all those pundits, ex players and supporters who were predicting all doom and gloom are suddenly smiling once again. It is amazing what one signing could do to lift the whole place and it makes you wonder whether fans were all simply buying into the negative tripe that is being spurted out by the media.
Negativity sweeps through football clubs like the plague and the media do everything in their powers to ensure it continues. By taking a step back and assessing the simple fact that in signing one player like Cole has seen the club’s perception from a club well and truly on the decline to suddenly one whose aspirations are slightly beyond simply regaining the Champions League spot; it is absolutely laughable in truth and just highlights how wrong we were in buying into the doom in gloom. The fact of the matter is that the reason we struggled last season was not simply the loss of Xabi Alonso, but Rafa’s clear failure to replace him with someone suitable. Joe Cole is the playmaker that we have been craving for the past 12 months and somebody who can restore the balance to the midfield we have been missing.
It is somewhat ironic that one of the reasons for our discontent has been the lack of money available from the yanks for new players and yet it is two freebies in Cole and Jovanovic that has restored hope and pride ahead of next season. Rafa use to moan about the lack of resources, but the free transfer and loan market is something he should have looked to utilise a lot more during his time at Anfield. I accept that he initiated the Jovanovic deal, but over the years he failed to take advantage of some potential coups.
One thing that has been positive is the player’s reaction to Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard in particular has been quick to shower praise. Gerrard has also dropped the hint that his future remains at Anfield as rumours have been abound that he has played his last game for Liverpool. I guess we can only hope that Fernando Torres is equally impressed by Roy and the signing of Cole, to ensure we have every chance of success next season.