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The curious case of Joe Cole.
Despite flashes of brilliance, the most skillful player in Britain found playing time hard to come by at Chelsea. When his contract expired in the summer of 2010, he moved to Liverpool on a free transfer, a decision that initially seemed a master stroke. He would be assured of a starting berth and would be able to revive his career.
However, Cole's Liverpool career was over as quickly as it had started. In his Premier League debut against Arsenal, he made an unnecessary sliding on Laurent Koscielny, which earned him a red card and three-game suspension. Roy Hodgson appeared to lose faith in Cole, who struggled to regain his place in the side. Last summer, he was loaned to French club Lille, where he has experienced a resurgence.
Despite this, it appears as if Cole has severed his ties with Liverpool. He is enjoying life in France and the Daily Mail is reporting he is open to making his Lille move permanent. The Daily Mail is also reporting that Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint Germain is targeting Cole.
Whichever way you look at it, Cole will never be seen at Anfield again.