Liverpool vs Chelsea: Joe Cole backing his former side to win

Joe Cole
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Liverpool play host to Chelsea on Wednesday night at Anfield.

Games between these two sides have resulted in draws in recent years, with no winner from regular time in the last seven meetings.

Joe Cole played for both Chelsea and Liverpool, and the ex-Blue is backing his beloved Chelsea to win the game.

“I’m a Chelsea fan and I’ll be supporting Chelsea on Wednesday night,” he said in an interview with the ECHO.

“But I don’t hold any grudges with Liverpool. I’ve always liked the people and the club, it was just the wrong time for both of us.

“I know that people pick it up and it gets sensationalised, but I regret it because it didn’t work. I’m sure both parties regret it.

“But it wasn’t that I stiffed anyone at the time. My knee was just f****d, I couldn’t stay fit. With hindsight, it was a bad decision all round. Fantastic club, good people but it just didn’t work, did it?

“I’d get fit, get back in the team, maybe nick a goal here or there, start playing well but then bang, I’d break down and I’d be out for four to five weeks. Then someone else would come in and you have to fight them for a place.

“I just wasn’t getting the rhythm. It was a really frustrating time, I’m not going to lie. But I did everything I could with the knowledge I had to try and stay fit.

“I’d stay at Melwood to get treatment, first one in, last one out. Some people have mileage on the clock and unfortunately that was it. When your body is just… you see it with lots of players.

“I was lucky that I was 29 when I came so I had already had 12-13 years playing professionally. And I still played on after that until I was 36, but I was never the same player that I was. That’s just how it was.”