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Cole determined to make mark at Anfield
Published : 06 Jul 2012 17:47:34
Midfielder Joe Cole is determined not to be remembered as a Liverpool flop and intends to make the most of his second chance at Anfield.
After just one disappointing campaign, immediately after his free transfer from Chelsea in the summer of 2010, the 30-year-old was loaned out to Ligue 1 side Lille.
"I don't want to leave Liverpool one day having not been a success here or having left something here," said Cole. "I want to make an imprint at the club. I've been a success at West Ham, Chelsea and Lille - I don't want people to be able to say that I haven't here."
Now he is back at the club's Melwood training ground for pre-season, Cole is looking forward to a fresh start under new manager Brendan Rodgers, whom he knows from their time together at Stamford Bridge.
"I'd like to be given the opportunity to play, learn and improve, and join this great team," he added.
The midfielder has played 32 times for the Reds but made just nine Premier League starts.
However, he believes his experience in France last season, coupled with a determination to be better, will serve him well second time around - especially with Rodgers now in charge after previous managers Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish failed to get the best out of him.
"It's a clean slate for everyone, so I'm delighted to be back," he told liverpoolfc.com.
"You have to remember, I've only been at Liverpool one season, really, but this is the third manager I've played for.
"It does feel different this time - it feels like it's ready to go."