Liverpool fullback Johnson: Cole, Torres massive statements

Liverpool fullback Glen Johnson believes they've made two major statements this summer.

The capture of former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole and Fernando Torres' show of commitment have been huge for the club, says Johnson.

"I was always hoping Fernando would stay," Johnson told

"Liverpool stayed strong and we have kept our best players. That's a statement in itself.

"I've known Coley for years and it's nice to have another Cockney voice around the place. He opens defences and I think he will be a great player for Liverpool.

"It definitely feels like a new start. We are hoping it will be better this year - everybody wants to get back into the top four. Fourth is the benchmark."

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