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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reacts during their opening Premier League win at Norwich

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reacts during their opening Premier League win at Norwich

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reacts during their opening Premier League win at Norwich

Joe Cole believes Liverpool are the dark horses to win this season's Premier League title race, with the former Reds midfielder hailing the influence of manager Jurgen Klopp.

In a summer that has seen Manchester City splash the cash to sign Jack Grealish, Manchester United signing Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho and Chelsea capturing Romelu Lukaku for £97.5million, Liverpool slipped under the radar heading into the Premier League season.

Yet after an impressive 3-0 at Norwich on Saturday, Cole has told sundayworld.com that Liverpool will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

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Klopp has defended Liverpool's transfer policy

Klopp has defended Liverpool's transfer policy

Klopp has defended Liverpool's transfer policy

"You can never discount Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool," Cole told us at a BT Sport event. "What happened to them last year could not have been predicted by any pundit in football, which is why we love this sport.

"They looked to be an invincible team and untouchable and all of a suddenly it can fall to bits, but the injuries they had caught up with them and they fell away.

"The players in that squad are sensational and they have proved that by what they have done over the last three years.

"They have great leaders, a great manager, real talent and all of a good age. Significantly, the fans are back at Anfield this season.

"I would like to see them add a player to their squad to freshen things up. They need a big name to come through the door as it gives everyone a lift, from the fans to the players who up their game when a big star arrives.

"That is what Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have done this season and it keep players on their toes.

"When you are at the top, that's when you need to go out and sign a top player.

"That's what Alex Ferguson always did when he was winning trophies at United, but it looks like Klopp and Liverpool don't have the finances to do that at the moment."

Liverpool have opted to sign up their current stars to new contracts rather than add news players to their squad this summer and Cole suggests that is a policy that has become the norm in the modern game.

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"Football has changed from my day in so much as players are assets now as well as footballers," he added.

"We see players these days getting handed new contracts when they are not even playing and back in my day, that wouldn't have happened.

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Joe Cole during his Liverpool days

Joe Cole during his Liverpool days

Joe Cole during his Liverpool days

"If a manager decided he didn't want a player 20 years ago, he would be moved on and someone else would come in to replace him.

"Now, we see clubs giving players new contracts because they are business assets and they need to be under contract to make sure they are worth something in the transfer market.

"It's harder to not get a contract these days and that tells me that decisions on the future of players is decided by the business people rather than the football people, which is an amazing evolution in the sport.

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