Cole set for Liverpool return

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Joe Cole is set for a return to Liverpool next season after a successful loan spell with French side Lille.

The 30-year-old England international has resurrected his career under Lille coach Rudi Garcia, and the French boss has revealed that the former-Chelsea player is heading back to Anfield.

Cole enjoyed an impressive season under Garcia, but is keen for a second chance under new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Lille coach is quoted in saying: "Cole will stay at Liverpool - the new staff has decided to keep him. We will keep very good memories of the player but also of the man."

Cole played alongside Chelsea's latest signing, Eden Hazard, in France, and played a key role as Lille finished third in Ligue 1. The French club had been eager to keep hold of Cole, but the Englishman's high wages scuppered any chance of a permanent move.

The change of management on Merseyside may give Cole, and fellow loanee Alberto Aquilani, another chance to revive their Anfield careers. New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has already hinted that both players will be given the opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the Reds midfield.

Cole joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2010 but endured a difficult first season. After falling out of favour under Kenny Dalglish, Cole opted to continue his career in France, where he went on to make 31 league appearances, scoring four goals.

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