Joe Cole has opened the door to a potential return to Liverpool.
The former England international has spent the last campaign on loan to French side Lille, who are also keen to make the deal permanent.
However, Cole, 30, hasn’t ruled out staying at Liverpool, claiming he has unfinished business at Anfield.
The midfielder, who arrived as a free signing under Roy Hodgson two years ago, told the Daily Mail;
“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. 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 explained how his move north from London came as a culture shock;
“When I signed for Liverpool, it startled me a bit. I don’t know if I felt the pressure but the city is so in love with football. It’s a religion. If I go back, I will be more prepared for it this time.
“I can see why people say (joining Liverpool) is a culture shock. It is a small place but it has this great buzz. How can there not be in a city that has produced five Prime Ministers and The Beatles? The people are so sharp, quite a bit like Londoners really.”
Like Londoners? Not really Joe.