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Former England international playmaker admits he now has regrets about signing for Liverpool

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Former England international playmaker admits he now has regrets about signing for Liverpool

Not every player Liverpool signs ends-up being a success. There are some transfers just simply don’t work out for one reason or another.

That was certainly the case with Joe Cole at Anfield. He arrived with so much promise on a free transfer at the club. But on his first game he was immediately sent-off against Arsenal and the rest is history.

Former England international playmaker admits he now has regrets about signing for Liverpool

Those were dark years for Liverpool in the Roy Hodgson era, and the less said about it, the better. Cole in the end never really got to grips with life at Anfield and moved onto pastures new returning to West Ham United, and then Aston Villa before finishing his career in the US.

Joe Cole reflecting on Liverpool career

Speaking on the Obi One podcast, Cole revealed that he does have some regrets about joining Liverpool, and if he could in hindsight he would have done things differently.

“I had a choice between Liverpool or Spurs because Arsenal pulled out and I just couldn’t go to Spurs. I just couldn’t. It would have made sense, Harry Redknapp was the manager, I lived in London, they had a good team, half my pals are Spurs fans. I just couldn’t do it,” Cole said.

“My daughter was just born and Liverpool is a great club. It didn’t work for me there but it is a great club, an institution globally and if I could have my time again, I would go, no wait. And I’d have gone abroad, somewhere hot, because playing in the heat actually helped my knee.

“Because after that I went to Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham and had a good season in France, but I was just managing my injuries. Playing well sometimes but I wasn’t the same.

“Then when I went to America, it was like a miracle, living in the sun. If I could have hindsight I would have gone abroad somewhere hot, maybe Spain or Italy, and I could have played at the top level for a little bit longer.”

Cole’s time at Anfield was forgettable so it makes sense why he would want to do things differently in hindsight. Injuries definitely blighted his progress, and he failed to capture the imagination of the club’s supporters barring a few fleeting moments.

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