Joe Cole leaves Liverpool for Lille

One Liverpool player will be playing Champions League football this season after Joe Cole secured a loan move to Lille on transfer deadline day, with the winger having travelled to France on Tuesday to undergo a medical with the French champions. Cole arrived at Anfield last summer although he was unable to make much of an impact at the Merseyside…

One Liverpool player will be playing Champions League football this season after Joe Cole secured a loan move to Lille on transfer deadline day, with the winger having travelled to France on Tuesday to undergo a medical with the French champions.

Cole arrived at Anfield last summer although he was unable to make much of an impact at the Merseyside club and will now look to make a fresh start at Lille, with Kenny Dalglish willing to let the former England international leave temporarily.

“Liverpool announced today it had finalised a deal with Lille OSC for the loan transfer of Joe Cole,” said a club statement.

“The 29-year-old will now join the French champions for the remainder of the current campaign.”

It has been rumoured that Cole will live in London and commute by Eurostar to play for Lille this season, something which seems to be a very flexible gesture on the part of the French team.

“I wanted a challenge from abroad,” he said. “Lille is a beautiful club, a family club that plays well.

“I like intelligence in football. It will be an interesting experience for me.

“I think I’m going in the right direction. I’m here to help Lille by bringing my experience and the quality to win many trophies.”

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