Cole - Reds are ready

New boy insists Liverpool up for City challenge

Cole: Upbeat

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Liverpool new boy Joe Cole believes his team-mates are ready for the challenge ahead as the Reds prepare to take on big-spending Manchester City on Monday.

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The England midfielder has been ruled out of the intriguing clash as he begins a three-match domestic ban for his dismissal in last Sunday's draw against Arsenal.

But the 28-year-old believes the Reds will still have enough class to cope at Eastlands as Roy Hodgson's squad get fitter and fitter.

He said: "I'll be cheering the lads on and I think we'll do a good job. We are ready, we are getting stronger.

"It's been a disjointed pre-season but we are getting fitter and fitter. The players are looking better every day.

"We are going there full of confidence after holding Arsenal to a draw."

What will the outcome be?

  • Man City win
  • Draw
  • Liverpool win