Joe Cole has piled praise on Liverpool team-mate Andy Carroll, by likening the England striker to Didier Drogba.
Carroll netted his first international goal for England in just his second senior appearance for Fabio Capello’s side last night – and Cole believes the 22-year-old is already ahead of the level his old Chelsea team-mate Drogba occupied at the same age.
“He’s very much like Didier Drogba,” Cole told LFC Weekly. “Andy’s 22 – we all know what a cracking player Didier is, but he wasn’t playing at this level at that age.
“There’s still a lot of developing for Andy to do so he can get better and better.
“He’s a good lad and I think you’d have been hard pressed to have found two better signings in January than Andy and Luis Suarez.”
Cole himself has endured a frustrating first year at Anfield, having struggled to find his best form since his summer switch from Stamford Bridge. The 29-year-old, signed by former boss Roy Hodgson, was sent off on his Reds debut, and has increasingly featured more in a cameo role.
Despite this Cole says he is enjoying his football, and remains proud to call himself a Liverpool player.
“I’m privileged to play for Liverpool Football Club and privileged to be a professional footballer,” he said. “The best thing you can do as a player is to make sure that you don’t take that for granted every day because it’s a great lifestyle.
“There is nothing you would want to change.
“It’s been a bit stop-start for me this season but football is all about ups and downs and sometimes you just have to ride the rollercoaster. I just try to have a positive outlook and keep going.
“I’m enjoying my football at the moment and taking every day as it comes, making sure I work hard every day from the moment I come in to the moment I leave.”
Cole also revealed that the arrival of another ex-Chelsea man, first-team coach Steve Clarke, has been hugely beneficial.
“I don’t think you’ll find a better coach around than Steve,” he said. “The lads really enjoy training and I am coming into work with a big smile on my face every day. I think all the lads are happy and results have picked up.”