Cole given second chance at Liverpool by new boss Rodgers

Liverpool outcast Joe Cole will be given a fresh start at the club by the newly-appointed manager Brendan Rodgers, the Daily Mail has reported. Cole, a former England international, spent last season on loan at French side Lille, but has now returned to Anfield.

Cole moved to Merseyside on a free transfer from Chelsea in 2010, signed by current England boss Roy Hodgson. But Cole’s time at Liverpool has not been a happy one, with former Reds manager Kenny Dalglish allowing the 30-year-old to leave last summer. A season-long loan deal with Lille was agreed, and in his time in Ligue 1 Cole made 27 appearances and scored four goals.

The Mail adds that Cole has been linked with a return to his first club West Ham United but the Lille manager Rudi Garcia revealed Rodgers wanted to keep Cole at Liverpool, with the ex-Swansea City boss having worked with Cole when both were at Stamford Bridge. Garcia said: “Joe Cole will stay at Liverpool. The new staff have decided to keep him. We will remember him fondly as a player but also as a man.

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