JOE Cole is eagerly awaiting the announcement of Liverpool FC’s new Manager and hopes the new boss will be open to the idea of playing him in his ‘best position’, upon returning to Anfield after his loan spell in France.
The French side have made it known that they would like to keep Cole, however could not afford his massive weekly wage.
The player is therefore planning for next season at Anfield and will report back for pre-season training. Having struggled initially under Roy Hodgson, then under Kenny Dalglish before being loaned out, Cole hopes to convince the incoming manager – whoever that may be – to play him central in any line-up employed:
“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.
“I don’t know if I felt the pressure but the city is so in love with football,” he said. “It’s a religion. If I go back, I will be more prepared for it this time.”
“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.
“Once a new manager is appointed then we’ll see how it goes with him.”
The (former?) England international also spoke of his desire to be included in Team GB’s summer Olympic squad:
“I haven’t played for England for two years. But I have got my eyes on the Olympics now. I am in the mix and it would be amazing to play in that but, again, it is out of my hands.”
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