Cole ready for the fight
Joe Cole has declared himself fit and ready to fight for his place after returning from Liverpool's tour.
Last Updated: 19/07/11 5:01pm
Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has declared himself fit and ready to fight for his place after returning from the club's pre-season tour.
Kenny Dalglish's Reds have touched down on home soil after their summer trip to the Far East and feels he has benefitted from the longest summer break he has ever had.
The 29-year-old featured in friendly wins over Chinese side Guandong and a Malaysia XI and is looking forward to the start of the upcoming campaign.
"I've been happy with my performances," he said. "This is the longest - six weeks - I've ever had off in the summer during my career so it's nice to get going again.
"Now I just want to get started. I feel great physically. I'm happy with how I'm performing and I want to get a couple of 90-minute run-outs under my belt.
"There are four weeks until the start of the Premier League so there's still some time to go. I'm enjoying it.
"I want to take it day by day. Training has been good. I want to get myself fit and get a little bit better every day."
Cole was tipped to leave Liverpool this summer having arrived on a free transfer from Chelsea last year. The midfielder's high wages were seen as a reason why he would be offloaded in the current transfer window.
With the signings of Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam it appears the former England international's opportunities have been limited further.