Hamann backs new Liverpool signing

The German believes Cole is the best signing Liverpool have made in a decade.

Hamann said: “If you had asked me two weeks ago I would have said doom and gloom but the arrival of Joe Cole has made a hell of a ­difference.

“For a London boy to go up north, which hasn’t really happened in the last few years, and to turn down Spurs, Arsenal, maybe Real Madrid to go to Liverpool sends a ­massive statement out to the rest of the league.”

He added: “It’s probably the best bit of news for the club in the last 10 years.”