Joe Cole hoping run of games can re-ignite Liverpool career after returning from injury

After spending last season on loan at French side Lille, the England international hopes he will now get his chance at Anfield having recovered from a hamstring injury
Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole is back in training following a hamstring injury picked up during the Europa League tie with FC Gomel.

The 30-year-old struggled during his first year at Liverpool and was subsequently loaned to Lille for the 2011-2012 season but after being heavily involved in the club's friendly matches, Cole feels ready for the new campaign.

The England international insisted that he was raring to go and hoped to receive a run of games to prove his worth to new manager Brendan Rodgers.

"I trained on Thursday for the first time after the injury and it feels good," Cole told Liverpool's official website.

"It's good to be back around the squad and available for selection again. I've only missed two weeks, so I feel good fitness-wise as we had a good long pre-season and I just need some games now.
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"It was frustrating having to come off in the first game of the season but that's one of those things you have to deal with as a footballer. There's never a good time to get injured but luckily it wasn't a major thing and I'm back now raring to go and raring to be part of the team.

"I've had a good pre-season. I've trained really well and the training was really intense. I really enjoyed the games we played in and playing at Fenway Park was great. I enjoyed the pre-season. It does what it says on the tin - it gets you fit and that's the main thing."

Liverpool start the new season with a trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.