Bayern Munich's Dutch ace Arjen Robben is backing former Chelsea teammate Joe Cole to be a big hit at Liverpool. Robben saw Cole at close quarters during his three-year spell at Stamford Bridge and rates him as one of the best players in the world.

The Holland international said: "I read Gerrard's words about Joe being as good as Messi on the ball and I couldn't agree more.

"After training with him for so long I can tell you some of the things he can do with a football are as good as anything I have ever seen.

"If Joe is now played in a more central position he will score and create a lot of goals, I see him as a real runner for player of the season.

"He is not just about tricks, though his vision is fantastic. The chances he will create for Torres will help Liverpool to have a trophy-winning season."

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