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Speaking to talkSPORT, former Liverpool player Joe Cole shared his thoughts on what the Reds need to do in the transfer market this summer.
Cole signed for the Merseysiders on a free transfer back in 2010 after leaving Chelsea, but received a red card on his league debut against Arsenal and the Anfield faithful never really saw the best of him – he spent time out on loan with Lille after just one season at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s European Champions have signed just three players this summer, none of which seem likely to immediately influence the first-team, and Cole has spoken out on what he thinks is needed at his former club.
The former England international said: “You don’t win titles when it’s that tight with just your first XI; there will be games when Henderson has to come out the team, whether because of injury or suspension or something. So who is going to do Henderson’s role?
“If van Dijk was to come out the game for a few weeks. They just need someone who could come into the team and fill different roles.
“Someone like at Manchester United, who had John O’Shea. What a great player he was, playing at left-back, right-back, centre-half, central midfielder.”
Is Cole forgetting about one of the most important cogs in Klopp’s machine?
Milner is literally everything Cole has described above. The Liverpool No.7 can fill in at left-back and at right-back, all whilst performing admirably in his natural position of centre-midfield – he is Klopp’s go-to guy in terms of covering other areas.
It has even been reported that the former Borussia Dortmund boss is happy to go into the new season with just Milner and Joe Gomez as cover for Andy Robertson at left-back, signposting just how much confidence he has in his utility man.
It is quite baffling how Cole has glossed over a player who fits exactly into the type of figure that he thinks the club should sign.