Former Chelsea star Joe Cole has revealed he regrets leaving Stamford Bridge for Premier League rivals Liverpool.
In July 2010, the England international ended his spell with Chelsea by transferring to Anfield on a free switch.
He struggled with accidents whereas in Liverpool and managed solely 42 appearances earlier than leaving on loan.
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Requested if he would do the identical if he might go back in time, Cole said (by way of Metro): “On the risk of upsetting Liverpool followers greater than they’ve already been upset with me, I most likely would not .
“But it surely wasn’t for any fault of the membership or as a result of I did not just like the membership or something. I signed for the earlier house owners and then they sold the membership 4 or 5 weeks later.
“And you understand what football golf equipment are like, it is hard sufficient when managers come and go, you possibly can fall in favor. However when the house owners come and go … I knew it was solely a matter of time earlier than Roy [Hodgson] I obtained the boot, and that is when my accidents began within the sense that, from my knee injury, I used to be nonetheless selecting up muscle accidents. I could not explode as fast as I needed.
“Just as you see Gareth Bale now, and much more so with Gareth. Clearly as a result of he was a sprinter, I used to be by no means a sprinter. However I used to be by no means as sharp as I was [after the knee injury]. Proper membership then, wrong time I say. ”
The winger joined Lille on loan in August 2011 in a bid to get his career back on observe.
The interval was a profitable one, with Cole scoring 9 goals in 43 appearances.
Talking in regards to the loan, Cole continued: “I went to France and I beloved it. It was like a breath of contemporary air. Rudi Garcia was great with me, said I solely wanted to coach twice a week however I nonetheless play. I finished enjoying 40+ video games within the season.
“It obtained to the point the place I needed to stay in Lille, Lille needed me, however then Brendan [Rodgers] he got here to Liverpool. Brendan I knew from Chelsea, he knew what I might do, he had seen me in my tummy, so he thought I might be a helpful player. ”
Nevertheless, issues did not work out under Rodgers and Cole left Liverpool for West Ham. He had spells with Aston Villa and Coventry earlier than retiring in 2018.