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Joe Cole committed to Liverpool

February 23, 2011
By ESPN staff

Joe Cole has no interest in a summer exit from Liverpool - despite enduring a difficult debut season at Anfield after joining as a free agent last July.

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The England international's first Premier League match for the Reds ended in disaster when he was shown a red card against Arsenal, and it has been downhill ever since.

Cole, who left Chelsea last summer when his contract expired, has been limited to just eight starts in the league due to hamstring and knee injuries, while he found himself relegated to the Lancashire Senior Cup squad in January in a bid to recapture form and fitness.

But the 29-year-old received a boost last week when Kenny Dalglish confirmed that he still had a future at Liverpool - and Cole is eager to grasp the opportunity.

"It's not gone how I would have liked, but that's life," Cole told Liverpool's official website. "Things like that happen and you've just got to push on through the difficult times. I've had plenty of good times in my career and I've had my share of difficult times, and I'll always come through.

"I'm determined to be a success here. I'm working hard every day. The main thing is the club - it's all about Liverpool. I'm pleased it [the team's form] has turned around and we're going in the right direction, and if Liverpool can keep going there, I'd love to be part of it."