Cole regrets transfer decision
The 31 year old made the switch after he was released by Chelsea, following a series on injuries that caused him to lose his place in the team.
He has now returned to the club where he began his career and is hoping to rediscover the form that saw him develop into one of the country’s most exciting players.
Cole told Sky Sports that he struggled to settle at Liverpool, and that he ignored the chance to stay in London when Tottenham Hotspurs approached him, because of the rivalry between the clubs.
“I didn’t feel a connection with the club [Liverpool] or the place that I had at Chelsea and West Ham.
“I had seven great years at Chelsea but the club wanted to go in a certain direction and I wasn’t involved. So I was left with two real options – Liverpool or Spurs.
“Spurs was probably the best option because they were offering me a five-year deal and it meant I could stay in familiar surroundings.
“But I just couldn’t do it, I just couldn’t see myself pulling that Spurs shirt over my head. With the rivalry between Spurs and West Ham and Chelsea, it felt a bit mercenary.”
Cole added that as well as feeling homesick, a family tragedy also helped to compound his struggles.
“I was missing London and my family and I had a personal tragedy in December when my brother-in-law died.
“I got an opportunity to go back to West Ham and I don’t want to move any more.”
Despite having seen his international career fall apart, and his stock in the game fall considerably, Cole will feel that he will now be able to focus on his football with less pressure and expectations, and help his club secure their survival in the Premier League.