Joe Cole: I hope I played a part in Steven Gerrard’s decision to stay at Liverpool

New signing helped convince skipper to remain at Anfield…
Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole says he hopes he played a part in Steven Gerrard’s decision to stay at Anfield.

Gerrard had been linked with a move away from the club throughout the summer, with Real Madrid reportedly interested in him, but the Reds' skipper confirmed upon Cole’s arrival that he will be staying with the club.

Cole, who moved to Anfield on a free transfer from Chelsea earlier this summer, is taking some credit in helping the captain remain at Anfield.

He is quoted as saying by The Daily Star: “I hope I did play a part in making him stay.

“Every year the big clubs have come calling for him because he’s a fantastic player, but we have got to look to the future now at this club.

“This year, Liverpool is about consolidating, then moving on. There are players here who would get into any team in the world.

“Stevie is one of them and he knows what I can do – we have played together for England for ten years.”

Cole played as a winger for the majority of his days at Chelsea but hopes to play alongside Gerrard in a more central role with Liverpool.

He added: “I am looking forward to playing with him for Liverpool and the relationship is going to be important.

“I will play anywhere, though I hope it is central with him, with one of us going forward and the other pivoting.

“I can’t talk about our tactics but the manager knows what I can do on the left and the right.

“But it will be nice to be close to Stevie. I had conversations with him and Jamie Carragher at the World Cup – more afterwards because I was concentrating on the tournament. Everything about Liverpool impressed me.

“I just want to be part of something. We are part of a club which can do something special. If you win a trophy here – one of the big ones – it would be immense.”

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