Persuading Joe Cole to sign on a free transfer for Liverpool was lauded as one of the transfer coups of the summer, the transfer that would somersault Liverpool back into the top four. However as his new teammates flounder in the relegation zone, Cole admits that his own form has been under par.
“We are not playing well. I am not playing well. I know that. I expect better from myself,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “I’ve never had a period like this,” he admitted, “but it is a challenge and life is never easy.”
Henry meets the fans.
In a step which highlights the new owners desire to operate in a totally different way to Tom Hicks and George Gillett, John W. Henry and New England Sports Ventures Chairman Tom Werner met up with Liverpool fans to discuss the problems facing the club at the moment and how they had stemmed from the previous three seasons. Whilst refusing to make promises on transfer budgets or indeed the prospect of a new stadium, Henry claimed that the meetings were a success.
“It was great to finally get to work,” Henry told Sky Sports News. “We are here to listen and to learn and we learned a lot from them today,” he said, indicating that this interaction between owners and supporters will be crucial to how they run the club.
Wenger backs ‘Pool.
Whilst it is a huge indignity for the club to be in the bottom three at any stage of the season and for the words ‘Liverpool’ and ‘going down’ to be spoke of in the same breath, Arsene Wenger nevertheless felt compelled to say that he thinks Liverpool are too good to go down.
“I don’t think they will go down because they are too good a team,” he told the Daily Mirror. He did however warn that improvement would be a gradual process. “We are in a sport where you go quickly down and slowly up,” he said, inferring that Liverpool’s bad form may be down to a lack of belief in their ability. “Confidence is very important at our level and it goes very quickly.”