Cole wants to perform at Liverpool

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Joe Cole has returned to Liverpool after season away and is determined not to let his time at Anfield to be adjudged a failure.


The Reds midfielder has spent the season on loan with Ligue 1 side Lille in a bid to relocate his form after an indifferent start to his Liverpool career.


The loan agreement with last season’s champions in France has now ended and he must return to Merseyside, but the 30-year-old admitted any discussions over his future have yet to begin and are unlikely to until a successor to Kenny Dalglish has been named.


“There is still a part of me that would really love to make it work there and I don’t want to have a bad spell at Anfield on my CV,” he is quoted saying by The Telegraph.


“But it is out of my hands now. At the minute I can’t rule anything in or out. We have got to speak to Liverpool and see what happens there.”


Cole was signed by Dalglish’s predecessor, England manager Roy Hodgson, on a free transfer from Chelsea two years ago, but he was unable to rediscover some of the form that saw him become an England regular.


The arrival of Dalglish saw him loaned to the French club, where he made 43 appearances and scored nine goals in total over the season.


Cole was not named by Roy Hodgson in the England squad for Euro 2012, but there were rumours of him getting a call-up and he was aware of these, but is now concentrating on trying to get picked for Stuart Pearce’s Team GB Olympic squad.


“I haven’t played for England for two years. I know there is a new manager but I was never contacted,” he added.


“I heard there were strange things going on with the odds of me being cut to make the squad and that made me think “maybe”.


“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.


“We will just have to wait and see what happens. Whatever is the case, it has been a great year it has been a great season. I am delighted with how things have gone.”

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