Why Liverpool must go in for Ashley Cole

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Brendan Rodgers team selection last night outlined some of the issues Liverpool have on the left hand side at present.

Now here is an ambitious move which has plenty of reasons why it may not happen, but there are numerous reasons why it makes sense, and why it should.

To set the scene, let's take a look at Liverpool's team selection from last night. Jose Enrique on the left wing, and Stewart Downing at left-back.

Now Enrique may have a future in attack, he has looked bright and displayed good interplay with Luis Suarez, and if it is decided by Brendan Rodgers that he should play there regularly then the Reds will need a new left-back.

And that certainly isn't Stewart Downing. The winger is not a natural fit for the position and his sleep-walking defending let in Aaron Lennon to score Tottenham's first last night.

So Liverpool will likely be searching for a new left-back. Why not go out and try to buy or acquire the very best?

Ashley Cole has won the lot at club level, and looks to be moving on from Chelsea. He is still only 31, and could be available on a free next summer.

The benefits he could bring to Liverpool are numerous. He is a winner with experience, and would help the Reds' young side cultivate their ruthless edge and enhance their competitive spirit.

He would obviously fill what is becoming a problem position for the Reds, while at the same time not being a long-term obstacle to the progression of promising left-back Jack Robinson, an England under-21 international who would be allowed to develop at his own pace rather than being rushed into the first team.

Not only that but Liverpool would own both of England's first choice full-backs, as started World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012, with Glen Johnson on the right.

Cole may be a divisive character, but if Liverpool fans see him giving his all for the club, he would surely win the fans over. They may be reticent considering another Cole signed as a free agent from Chelsea two years ago, but Ashley and Joe are two different players and different cases entirely.

There are of course obstacles to such a deal. Cole has been strongly linked with rejoining former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti at PSG, who will be willing to offer far higher wages than Liverpool would, and then there is the issue of whether the player wants to play in the Champions League.

However if Liverpool can finish in the top four, perhaps they can persuade him to sign on next summer. Either way, snapping him up would be a statement of ambition by Rodgers, even if Cole is 31, he has plenty still left in the tank and he would certainly be an improvement on the present 'first-choice' left-back.

What do you think, should Liverpool make Cole an offer? 

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