Cole keen on Liverpool return

Joe Cole has insisted that he is keen on a return to Liverpool this summer, despite being linked with a return to boyhood club West Ham United.

Cole made a big impact on Ligue 1 after spending the season with former champions Lille, leading to speculation that the French outfit would be keen on taking him on for another 12 months.

An emotional return to Upton Park has also been mooted, where he emerged through the youth ranks before spending five years as a senior player.

However, the 30-year-old midfielder has not given up hope of resurrecting his career on Merseyside, with the club currently on the lookout for a replacement for former manager Kenny Dalglish.

"When I signed for Liverpool, it startled me a bit," Cole said as reported by the Daily Mail.

"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.

"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."