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Is Chelsea ace on way to Liverpool instead of Villa midfielder?

Fresh from staring into their crystal ball, The Daily Mail reckons Joe Cole could be on his way to Anfield.

Yes, the diminutive one has apparently failed to impress new Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and Liverpool, in need of a decent wing-man, have apparently declared an interest in the England midfielder.

Cole fears he will be frozen out of the starting XI when the Barclays Premier League season starts against Portsmouth on Sunday and he has also been spooked by the potential arrival of Robinho, says The Mail.

The Mail adds that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, who doesn’t seem to have the backing of the club’s owners over the fee for Aston Villa’s Gareth Barry, “is prepared to make a move if Chelsea indicate a willingness to sell.”

The arrival of Scolari’s golden boy Deco, who has been the club’s best player during the their double training sessions under Scolari, and the rehabilitation of Shaun Wright-Phillips may well have pushed Cole towards the exit.

After Benitez’s rather spurious comments the other day about an unnamed English player who could ”Maybe … play in three different positions – that is a positive thing” everyone assumed he meant Aston Villa’s Gareth Barry. In the light of the Mail’s revelation, it could well be that Joe Cole is the target. After all, he is also quite capable of playing on the left, the right or in a central attacking role. Hell, he could probably even play in goal!

So how about it Liverpool fans? Is Joe Cole on his way to Anfield? Or have The Daily Mail been out in the sun for too long?

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