“Cole signing shows we mean business” – Carragher

Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher says the arrival of Joe Cole at the club shows that the club has every intention to get back fighting for honours.

Cole has signed a four-year deal with the Reds and flew to Switzerland last night to meet his new teammates at their pre-season training camp.

Carragher, who has played with Cole for England at international level, said, “It’s great news and it is a message that Liverpool mean business. We have signed a top international player who has been really important for Chelsea. A lot of clubs wanted to sign him but it is a real coup that he has chosen to come here and you have got to give the manager and the board a pat on the back for convincing him to come here.

“Every supporter that I have spoken to is absolutely delighted and all the players are the same – it’s given everyone a boost, just at the right time. It has been a long summer and we have been in a transitional period but now the World Cup is out of the way, we can start to look forward again.

“Joe is a player who has the ability to get supporters off their seats and I’ve no doubt he will do that here. Hopefully, there will be more to come. It’s the kind of signing that we needed to make.”