Joe Cole is looking to return to Liverpool and prove he can still play in the Premier League following the conclusion of his season-long loan spell with Lille.
Cole has spent the last twelve months on loan at the Ligue 1 club where he has impressed after a disappointing year at Anfield following his move from Chelsea.
A permanent move to France looks unlikely after Lille admitted they cannot afford the 30-year-old's wages.
The likes of Reading and West Ham are believed to be ready to offer him the chance to return to the Premier League next season, but Cole has revealed he is keen on returning to Merseyside for a second spell.
"When I signed for Liverpool, it startled me a bit," Cole told the Daily Mirror.
"I don’t know if I felt the pressure but the city is so in love with football. It’s a religion. If I go back, I will be more prepared for it this time.
"I can see why people say [joining Liverpool] is a culture shock. It is a small place but it has this great buzz. How can there not be in a city that has produced five Prime Ministers and The Beatles? The people are so sharp, quite a bit like Londoners really.
"There is still a part of me that would really love to make it work there and I don’t want to have a bad spell at Anfield on my CV.
"But it is out of my hands now. At the minute I can’t rule anything in or out. We have got to speak to Liverpool and see what happens there."
Cole scored nine goals for Lille this season in 42 appearances and recently admitted he and his family were settled in France. And he admits he will have to work hard if he does return to Liverpool.
"I will have to do extra work because it will be going back to that 100mph pace but I’m sure it will be okay.
"It’s not England, it’s not Spain – they are the two top leagues. But it is comparable with Germany and Italy. This is a very good league. Now I have got to keep thinking ahead."
Cole's future may well depend on who is in charge at Liverpool next season.