Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole could be on his way back to London as the answer to Crystal Palace’s on-going issues at left-back in January.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who reveal that the Eagles had previously attempted to snare Cole (a loanee at Selhurst Park during his Gunners early days) before parting company with Tony Pulis at the season’s genesis.
Cole is currently just 4/6 to be playing in the English top flight once more come September 2015 with a price of 11/10 suggesting he’ll be plying his trade elsewhere.
However, with Palace languishing in the Premier League’s lower reaches their interest in the Roma veteran looks ripe for gazumping by a more prestigious club.
Liverpool would certainly fit into that category and, given their current issues at left full-back they’d be mad not to get involved if Cole is indeed unsettled in the ‘Eternal City’.
Alberto Moreno and Jose Enrique are the current purpose-built operatives at Anfield, but neither has been particularly convincing defensively in recent memory.
The younger of the two Spaniards has largely made the left-sided berth his own since securing a £12m switch from Sevilla this summer.
However, his contributions to snuffing out opposition incursions has failed to match the quality of his buccaneering attacking work.
He is one of three Liverpool players inside the Premier League top seven for defensive errors this term according to Squawka.com, with two of his three mishaps leading directly to goals for adversaries.
Cole, on the other hand, has been operating as a member of Serie A’s second-stingiest rearguard in 2014/15.
Liverpool are even money favourites to down Bournemouth in their Capital One Cup quarter final at the Goldsands Stadium.
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