The Chelsea full-back’s contract expires at the end of next month meaning he looks likely to leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer. And with left-back remaining something of a problem position at Anfield, Hamann believes Cole would be the perfect solution.
“Cole hasn’t played a lot of football this season,” the German said, “but I watched him against Liverpool and against Atletico Madrid and he was absolutely outstanding.
“The guy has still got it. If I was Liverpool or Tottenham I would do my utmost to get him for a year or two because he has that left in him and he is still a top, top player.”
With Spurs also on the look-out for a new left-back to compete with Danny Rose, the Reds may not find it easy to sign Cole if indeed they are interested. But along with the promise of Champions League football, Liverpool also have another advantage – Brendan Rodgers himself.
Rodgers worked at Chelsea as both youth team manager and reserve team manager and Cole will know him well from his spell in London.
The Reds boss may have his eye on alternative options, or may put faith in Jose Enrique (who has been blighted by injury recently) and Jon Flanagan (although his future appears to be on the opposite flank).
But for nothing more than a signing-on fee, Liverpool could secure the man widely regarded as the best left-back of the last decade, a little rusty perhaps, but far from ready for the scrap heap.