Legendary Liverpool striker Ian Rush believes signing former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole is a real coup for new manager Roy Hodgson.
Despite his undoubted merits working with players on the training ground there were those who questioned whether the 62-year-old Englishman had the star quality to attract top stars. But securing the services of the biggest free transfer of the summer, admittedly on reported wages of Â£90,000 a week, sends out an important message, according to Rush.
"I think it's a fantastic buy," said the club's record goalscorer. "When you look at what we've got attacking-wise we've got younger lads but we needed more experience and Cole brings that."
Rush added: "Joe could play just behind Fernando Torres. People don't know his position because he can play on the left, right and just off the striker, and I think it's a wonderful signing.
"Skill-wise he is the best in England - there is no one better.
"I'm sure Roy Hodgson will play him in every game, especially if he is playing well, and maybe getting regular football is a reason why he has come to Liverpool.
"To get Joe to come out of London and come to Liverpool is a coup for Hodgson himself.
"A lot of people were expecting him to stay in London because that's where he was born and been brought up.
"I think this sends a sign out to Liverpool supporters that the club do mean business."