Reports this morning suggest that Real Madrid have landed the first blow in the race to sign Ashley Cole ahead of next season, but Liverpool will be an extremely attractive proposition to the defender.
Los Blancos and Liverpool seem to be the two favourites at the moment to land Cole, with Jose Mourinho unwilling to keep the left-back on for some bizarre reason only the Portuguese coach will know.
However, Brendan Rodgers won’t care one bit if it provides him with a chance to not only improve the playing squad at his disposal but also to inject even more experience into his side.
Liverpool is an exciting place to be at the moment and although the club didn’t win the Premier League last season, they showed the sort of fight that few would have been expecting at the start of the campaign.
Cole would be a great signing for several reasons, with his nature as a left-back being one of the most obvious.
He’s never been afraid to get up and down the left hand side of any team, which creates potential knock on benefits for the Reds, related to how the side played last season.
If Cole moves to Liverpool, he can provide natural width down the left because he presses forward well and attacks effectively.
That takes the pressure off of Brendan Rodgers to find a cast iron left winger this summer, allowing him if he wishes, to continue using a combination of central midfielders and Daniel Sturridge on the left of his team.
When the left-back gets forward, those players naturally tuck inside and revert to their best positions which creates overcrowding in the middle and allows Liverpool to dominate possession.
Here’s what Liverpool fans have had to say about the prospect of the former England international linking up with them this summer.
Cole is 34 in December. Unless he significantly reduced wage demands, I couldn't see LFC offering him a 2 year deal.— Simon (@TalkingAnfield) May 21, 2014
When I see #LFC Fans saying they don't want Ashley Cole I wanna slap em! He's still top class.— AyJay (@AndrewJNicholls) May 20, 2014
A few dodgy sites linking #LFC with Ashley Cole. The ECHO ruled out a move for him a few weeks ago.— LFCZA (@LFCZA) May 20, 2014
Ashley Cole to LFC rumour didn't go down well with this guy... pic.twitter.com/Li6he1Musu— Total LFC (@TheTotalLFC) May 20, 2014
Said yesterday Liverpool should go for Milner but they should definitely go for Ashley Cole for a few years.— Rich Laverty (@RichJLaverty) May 20, 2014
Hope Brendan Rodgers goes after Ashley Cole. Be a quality signing for us! Decent winger, another good midfielder and maybe a centre half.— Peter Owen (@peterandrewowen) May 20, 2014
As far as I'm aware, Brendan Rodgers likes Moreno, but will not overpay for him. He has back up options in Cole, Betrand and Davies.— Chief (@A_Loyal_Bird) May 20, 2014
If cAshley Cole leaves Chelsea for Liverpool for next season, it will be a good deal for Brendan Rodgers.— Kenneth Okocha (@Kenawel) May 20, 2014
If Brendan Rodgers hasn't already taken Ashley Cole for tea and scones he's mental. Would be a great signing for Liverpool.— James Kent (@JamesKent73) May 20, 2014
If I was Brendan Rodgers id be looking in the direction of Ashley Cole this summer free contract with also having Enrique #TopLeftBacks— Ryan Cannon (@RyanCannonC9) May 19, 2014
Last time we had a Cole at Anfield he was happy to rob us of £96k a week! #LFC— Darren Gould (@Dasher10red) May 20, 2014