Joe Cole is a boyhood Chelsea fan and spent seven years at Stamford Bridge following his move from West Ham.
However, when he joined Liverpool he made some comments about his new club which might have put his former fans’ noses out of joint. He claimed that Liverpool were the biggest club in the country and sung the praises of the atmosphere at Anfield.
“I tried to take everything out of the equation, take the financial and location side out and just thought in football terms,” Cole said. “I thought about the semi-final of the Champions League in 2005 when I ran on to the field and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I was thinking about playing in that atmosphere every week and that swung it for me. I could have stayed at Chelsea because the fans loved me and I won things, but I wanted to challenge myself and when I knew Liverpool were interested it was a no-brainer because they are the biggest club in the country.”
Daniel Sturridge is the latest player to make the move from West London to Merseyside and has echoed the sentiments of his former team-mate.
“It is the biggest club I have ever played for. In the Premier League, there is no bigger club than Liverpool,” said Sturridge. “I thank the boss for giving me an opportunity to play for a club like this and I thank God for making it possible.”
Sturridge joined Chelsea from Manchester City in 2009 but struggled to make an impression. He has winners medals for the Premier League, the FA Cup and Champions League but made little contribution to the success Chelsea have enjoyed.
Having failed to hold down a starting place for Chelsea and then walking in to Liverpool’s first team, it’s interesting for him to claim Liverpool are the biggest club in the “Premier League”, particularly when you consider the Merseyside club have never won the Premier League and have gone 23 years without the title.
It’s almost as if someone is coaching the new signings on what to say…
When Nuri Sahin joined Liverpool from Spanish champions, Real Madrid, he claimed: “I played at one of the biggest clubs in Germany and Spain. And now, I play for the biggest club in England.”