Before you even begin to read Joe Cole’s revealing interview with The Sun regarding his thoughts about his unproductive 2-year stint at Liverpool, you should already know that by merely agreeing to taking part in an interview with The Sun, he is already aggravating and almost even disrespecting his former employers and their fans, who pride themselves on their disassociation with the English tabloid paper.
The return of Joe Cole to his boyhood club West Ham has seen somewhat of an upturn in his form as of late, notching up 2 assists and 2 goals for his Premier League club of old.
After leaving Liverpool on a free during the January transfer window, Cole was keen to get started on fresh pastures and with a side he knew he would have a better chance of claiming a starting spot with, something which was rather tough for the inconsistent attacking-midfielder to nail down during his time at Merseyside.
The 31-Year old admitted in an exclusive interview with The Sun that he now regrets joining the English giants, claiming his choice when joining a new club was between two Premier League sides – the high-flying Spurs or under-achievers Liverpool. He opted for the latter, as he felt that he’d be accused of betrayal and disloyalty to Chelsea and West Ham if he were to make the short trip across London.
The ex-England star has now announced that he never really adapted to life at Anfield, struggling to ever nail down a place in the squad on a consistent basis as injuries and poor form prevented him from reaching the fullest of his undoubted potential.
But the Hammers old boy has now broken his silence over his time at Anfield, speaking exclusively to The Sun.
“I can only play for teams that I’m passionate about and I think that’s what went wrong for me at Liverpool.
“I didn’t feel a connection with the club or the place that I had at Chelsea and West Ham.”
This is rather rich coming from Cole, who boldly stated he had signed for the biggest club in England at the time. Although Cole has now gone back on that bold statement, claiming he had been tricked into ‘playing along’ with the interviewer upon his arrival on Merseyside.
“When I joined, the guy interviewing me said ‘you’ve joined the biggest club in the country’ and reeled off the trophies they’d won.”
“I just said ‘yeah, if you put it like that, I suppose you’re right’ and Liverpool used that as the headline to the interview.”
“I didn’t want to upset anyone so I just went along with it. But obviously they’re not the biggest club in the country any more”
While what some of what Cole says may be true, it most certainly won’t sit well with the red contingent of Merseyside as they felt aggrieved by the fact that the under-performing Englishman managed to fleece them of £100,00 a week for a largely-unfruitful 2 year spell at the club.
When quizzed regarding his decision to join Roy Hodgson’s newly-acquainted Liverpool side, he also said that his gut told him to join Harry Redknapp’s then Spurs side, but the London born utility player could not go through with that move as he felt he would be doing himself and his two previous employers an injustice.
“Spurs was probably the best option because they were offering me a five-year deal and it meant I could stay in familiar surroundings.”
“But I just couldn’t do it, I just couldn’t see myself pulling that Spurs shirt over my head.
“With the rivalry between Spurs and West Ham and Chelsea, it felt a bit mercenary.”
I think it’s safe to say that Liverpool supporters will show Cole no mercy if he arrives at Anfield later this year to take on his old side. The flop earned a mind-boggling £100,000 figure weekly with the reds, and he will be subject to a relatively hostile environment if he kits in front of the Kop in the coming weeks.