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 £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."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms