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The former Chelsea player who spent last season on loan at Lille is looking forward to a fresh start under new manager Brendan Rodgers and hopes to prove himself at Anfield

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole is hoping to prove himself under new manager Brendan Rodgers after a year on loan at French club Lille.

Cole is looking for a fresh start and hopes to be part of a new era under Rodgers after failing to impress since his summer move to Anfield two years ago.

The former Chelsea player wants to make a success of his Liverpool career, and feels that he has something to prove to the fans.

"It's great to be back," Cole told the club's official website. "It's a clean slate for everyone, so I'm delighted to be back. Training has been good - and it's nice to be back in England and nice to be back in Liverpool.

"I don't want to leave Liverpool one day having not been a success here or having left something here. I want to make an imprint at the club.

"I've been a success at West Ham, Chelsea and Lille - I don't want people to be able to say that I haven't here.

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"I'd like to be given the opportunity to play, learn and improve, and join this great team. It's a great group and I would like to be involved in this team and really push on."

The 30-year-old spoke of his reasons for joining the club and insists that he is still passionate about playing for the Reds.

He added: "If I get given a chance to play, I'll always give my best and give everything I've got to the team.

"I came here for one reason - because I wanted to be a part of the resurgence of this club.

"It excited me coming here because I knew what a big club it was with a rich history and I wanted to be part of something. I still do.

"The fire still burns in me to be a part of it - I want to be part of this club moving in the right direction."

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