West Ham United midfielder Joe Cole has admitted that he regrets his 2010 move to Liverpool.
Joe Cole has spoken of his regret at making a move to Anfield two years ago. The former England international called the move a “mistake” and regrets wasting two-and-a-half years of his career at the club. Cole also admitted that he felt no passion for the Merseyside giants and that he is happy to be back in London, following his return to West Ham in January.
“I can only play for teams that I’m passionate about,” admitted the former Chelsea midfielder. “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.”
Cole also admitted that Tottenham Hotspur offered him a five-year deal, but Cole rejected the move as a mark of respect to Chelsea and West Ham fans.
“I had seven great years at Chelsea but the club wanted to go in a certain direction and I wasn’t involved. So I was left with two real options — Liverpool or Spurs.
“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.”
Cole was quick to straighten out the misunderstanding with the media that plagued him throughout his Liverpool career, stressing that he never referred to Liverpool as the “biggest club in the country”.
“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.”
Cole has enjoyed a return to form since joining boyhood club West Ham and has earned plaudits for his leadership on the field. The Hammers currently occupy 12th place in the Premier League, nine points behind seventh-placed Liverpool.