Loaned out midfielder on his way back to Anfield.
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Joe Cole only interested in central role at Liverpool
Joe Cole is hoping Liverpool’s new manager will be open to the idea of building a team around him, insisting a central midfield role is his “best position”.
Cole breathed life into his career over the past 10 months, enjoying an impressive loan spell with French side Lille. Employed in a playmaker role, Cole helped the Ligue 1 side to third in the table, which was considered a success after a summer that saw them lose a number of key names.
“I haven’t had any conversations with Liverpool, but as it stands I’m back there for pre-season,” Cole said. “When you don’t know who the manager is going to be you cannot do much else really. I’m hoping to make it at Liverpool.
“My time at Lille has been extremely positive. I’ve moved back from the wing into a more central midfield role and I have thrived there. It’s my best position, I was doing it at 19 for West Ham.
“The days of me running down the wing are over, I see my future in the middle now. It’s where I can get my foot on the ball and get the best out of myself.
Whilst it’s true that Joe Cole had a very decent season out on loan at Lille it seems that the chances of a successful return to Anfield depend greatly on whether an incoming manager is willing to give the 30 year old a second chance to impress.
The former Chelsea man had a disastrous first term at Liverpool but a lot of that nightmare was not of his own making. He joined the Merseyside club at a particularly tricky time and when the manager who brought him in, Roy Hodgson, was axed Cole’s chances of success took a turn for the worse.
Kenny Dalglish did not value what Cole had to offer and months on the bench led to a loan move to Lille that has in some ways breathed life into the attacking midfielder’s career.
For now a return to Liverpool is on the cards but perhaps the Ligue 1 side will make a decent offer for Joe Cole’s services. This seems all the more likely if Eden Hazard is as excepted sold this summer.