Joe Cole: I was praying Liverpool would appoint Brendan Rodgers
Joe Cole admits he was "praying" Liverpool's owners would appoint Brendan Rodgers as Kenny Dalglish's successor at Anfield
Joe Cole admits he was “praying” that Liverpool’s owners would decide to appoint Brendan Rodgers as the club’s new manager.
The 39-year-old left Swansea City to replace Kenny Dalglish at Anfield in May after Rodgers led the Swans to a respectable 11th place in their first season in the Premier League.
Cole scored four goals in 31 appearances for Lille during his season-long loan to the Ligue 1 side last season before returning to Merseyside earlier this summer.
The West Ham United youth graduate worked with Rodgers when the Northern Irishman was a coach at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, and Cole is excited about the prospect of playing under him again.
“When I was hearing about Liverpool looking at certain managers, I was praying it was going to be Brendan — not just because he’s not an unknown for me and I know his philosophy on football, but I think for the club the owners have made the right choice,” Cole told the Sun.
“He has just impressed everyone so much since he’s been here. That style is what I was brought up with at West Ham and Chelsea.
“For me, that is football. I love the style of play. At Lille, we played like that as well — getting the ball down and moving.”
The 30-year-old midfielder, who has two years left on his current deal at Anfield, has scored three goals in 32 appearances for Liverpool since moving from Chelsea on a free transfer in July 2010.