Why Liverpool should be pleased to have missed out on Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole

Roma confirmed the signature of Chelsea full back Ashley Cole today – and Liverpool fans should be glad that they missed out.

The experienced England international, 33, was a bit-part player at Stamford Bridge upon Jose Mourinho's return to the club, losing his place to Cesar Azpilicueta before being allowed to leave at the end of his contract this summer.

Whilst a return to international football is off the cards having been left out of England's World Cup squad, Cole still wanted to play regular first team football with his next move, rather than simply move on to take one last pay day.

That led to his move to Roma, with Rudi Garcia's side desperately seeking a consistent left back who can perform better than Michel Bastos, Dodo and Federico Balzaretti have done in the Italian capital.

Yet whilst Cole has been in Italy over the last couple of days in order to finalise his move to Roma, there were rumours in the last 24 hours that Liverpool would try to hijack the move and keep Cole in England for some time yet. Brendan Rodgers' side need to bring in a left back this summer after being left short at the position following an injury to Spaniard Jose Enrique, and Cole had been strongly suggested as a potential target.

The Reds are a young, vibrant team who already have some experienced heads in the team in Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson and captain Steven Gerrard. Rodgers should be looking to continue to add to the young core of the Liverpool team, and that would of course mean that there are younger alternatives who could be signed instead.

Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez, Sporting Lisbon's Marcos Rojo and Sevilla's Alberto Moreno have all been linked with moves to Anfield, and would all be sensible purchases. Cole, at almost 34, is past his best and with his Roma contract believed to be in the region of £115,000 per week, Liverpool should be glad to have missed out - leaving them able to pursue younger players.

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