I shit you not.
"Messi can do some amazing things, but anything he can do Joe can do as well, if not better," Gerrard told Liverpool's official website.
"He used to shock us in training by doing footy tricks with a golf ball that most players can't even do with a football. I really fancy Joe for the [Player of the Season] award this season."
I may have missed where Joe Cole was a sudden new arrival to the Premiership or where he had established himself as a play of the year contender in the past.