JOE COLE: Liverpool's New Number Seven Can Hit The Anfield Heights
When reminiscing on past incumbents of the famous Liverpool number seven jersey, one would be hard pushed to remember one who would be held in such high regard as the likes of Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish and Peter Beardsley.
In more recent times, Steve McManaman was a player who excited and frustrated in equal measure whilst donning the famous Red, and Harry Kewell proved to be no more deserved of the hallowed shirt than Nigel Clough did almost 10 years previously.
Robbie Keane arrived amidst a blaze of flashing bulbs, unprecedented and over-hyped publicity and with a reputation as being one of the Premiership's finest Irish Sea imports. However, six months and £20 million pounds later, Keane departed leaving Reds' fans wondering what if, rather than, what a player.
Yet here we are, after a season that even the most hardened Liverpool fan would find hard to derive any pleasure from, on the cusp of something truly magical.
I use the word 'magical' because I believe we are about to witness the 'rebirth' of Liverpool Football Club.
In the signing of Joe Cole, Liverpool have demonstrated that they are still a Club held in the highest regard by players of the highest calibre. Joe Cole is England Class. On his day, World Class.
He will bring back the mesmerising and eagerly anticipated skill factor to Liverpool's most sought after jersey. His signing, above any other that the Reds will make this Summer, will send a message out to the rest of the Premier League - that Liverpool are back.
Picture this: Cole with his back to goal 30 yards out, doing one of his trademark step-overs before wrong-footing his man and playing the ball through to the legend that is striker Fernando Torres. Torres wheels away, fingers pointing toward his compatriot in red wearing number seven as he celebrates yet another assist from his cockney sidekick.
Cole needs to feel loved to play at his best. Nowhere on this planet will he feel anymore adulation than he will the day he steps out on the hallowed turf of Anfield.
As Joe Cole will soon realize, in the Number Seven jersey of Liverpool Football Club, he will soon be hitting the Anfield heights.
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