JOE COLE has vowed to win over Liverpool supporters and prove he can play a leading role in Brendan Rodgers' plans.
The 30-year-old midfielder is on a mission to kick-start his Anfield career following his season-long loan spell with Lille.
Cole insists he has no desire to move clubs this summer and is determined to banish the memory of his nightmare first year with the Reds.
When he was snapped up on a free transfer from Chelsea in 2010 and penned a lucrative four-year deal, the former England international was hailed as the club's marquee summer signing.
However, a red card on his league debut against Arsenal swiftly followed by a missed penalty against Trabzonspor set the tone for a miserable campaign.
Injuries hampered his progress and once Kenny Dalglish replaced Roy Hodgson his opportunities dried up completely.
The arrival of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing last summer saw him slip further down the pecking order and when Lille came calling with the offer of Champions League football he took it.
Cole believes he's benefited greatly from that stint in France and now back with the Reds he knows he has a point to prove.
“When I signed for Liverpool, I wanted to be part of the revival of this great club and nothing has changed in that respect,” Cole said.
“There is no point looking back in football. That has been and gone, and I am just looking forward now.
“Everything I have done in my career is in the bank and has been done. But I want to write new chapters. My goal is still the same.
“I want to help make this club successful. I want to be part of this team and help my team.
“I know I've got to win people over. I have spoken with Brendan and as far as I am concerned, I am here, I am looking forward to the season and we will go from there.”
The appointment of Rodgers, who Cole knows well from his days at Chelsea, gives the former West Ham man hope that the third Liverpool manager he has played for won't cast him aside.
Cole says the buoyant mood in the squad during the current tour of North America is testament to the Northern Irishman's methods and man-management skills.
“The lads have all been impressed with everything that he has done,” Cole said. “Training has been good and he is just on the ball with everything. You see him in and around the place, he is top drawer. It is a happy camp at the moment.
“The club just feels so much more settled now compared to when I signed. Liverpool fans are well educated with their football. They have seen so many great players and they also know the not so good players. They also know a good manager and you speak to anyone out here or back home and they know we have got a good manager. They are right behind the gaffer.
“I can only see us going in one direction but we have got to work hard to make sure that happens.”
Cole played the second 45 minutes of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Toronto FC in Canada and is eyeing another outing in tomorrow night's friendly against Roma at Boston's Fenway Park.
While keen to stress it will take time for the new boss to install his ideas and philosophy, Cole believes there were signs of Rodgers' influence during the opening game.
“It was good to get the first game out of the way and great for me personally to pull on the shirt again,” he added.
“The atmosphere in Canada was amazing. These kind of games are notoriously slow. The pitches aren't great and you are finding your feet but I thought we did well.
“Whenever you change managers he wants to put a stamp on it. We passed the ball well and you could even see our goalkeepers looking to get on the ball. There were a lot of shorter passes and you can see the mindset is changing.”
Cole always looked out of place in the tactics employed by Hodgson and rarely featured under Dalglish but he's hoping to show he can slot seamlessly into Rodgers' 4-3-3 system.
“I hope it suits my strengths,” he said. “I was involved in Adam Morgan’s goal against Toronto and I had some nice touches. I felt that I did all right.
“I was playing this way in Lille with Rudi Garcia. It is good, expansive football. Brendan’s style looks off the cuff when it's done well but it isn’t. It is very, very tactical. You are concentrating hard and thinking constantly.
“Every training session has been brilliant. You can see the young lads improving all the time because they are having to think about what to do when they do have the ball and when they don’t.”
After the upheaval of recent years for both club and player, Cole wants to put down some roots and help Liverpool flourish.
“It’s not traditional for this club to change managers but what we need now is stability,” Cole added.
“Everyone needs to be settled and I am 100% sure that the right man is in the job now. He is the best out there.
“The fans know sixth, seventh and eighth in the last three seasons isn’t good enough. But we're rebuilding and it's work in progress now. We've got the right manager.”