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Like many in football, Cole's life has been disrupted with charity work replacing his time on the training field. He continues his TV work - with his children switching his lights on and off in a recent appearance - and he hopes to avoid a repeat on BT Sport's Early Kick-Off. Cole will retain a close relationship with Chelsea despite his switch. Indeed, his year at Cobham has allowed him to have a close look at some of Lampard's young squad with Mason Mount perhaps providing some similarities to Cole as an attacking midfielder with flair and an eye for goal. Get the whole family involved with Joe Cole's skills masterclasses, every Saturday on BT Sport's Early Kick-Off show, 12.30pm, live on BT Sport 1 _ get your football fix alongside Premier League throwbacks and exclusive interviews. The Frenchman has battled niggling fitness issues throughout the campaign, leading to Mourinho saying he is 'always injured', and when he has been fit there have been times that his work-rate has been questioned. It was a decision that Scholes earlier this month admitted he regretted taking, but Cole is adamant that Sven-Goran Eriksson could have convinced him to change his mind if he'd have tried while also criticising the Swede's tactics at the tournament in Germany. Cole also said that the wounds left behind from a heartbreaking penalty-shootout defeat to Portugal in Gelsenkirchen have not masked the reality of England's deficiencies, and is hoping the new crop of talent available to Gareth Southgate can lead the nation all the way to glory in the near future. We should not be surprised that the pair are flourishing. Gomez and Van Dijk were the league's standout combination at the start of last season, playing together in 13 of Liverpool's first 15 league matches. With the title all but sewn up thanks to a 1-0 victory at Norwich, courtesy of Sadio Mane's goal, the focus turns to the Champions League and the quest to see if this squad can replicate the achievements of Bob Paisley's team from the late 1970s and retain their European crown. Liverpool have been masterly in Europe since regaining their place in the competition in 2017, reaching the last two finals, but on Tuesday they will return to the scene of 'one of our most special nights' _ the words of Jurgen Klopp _ believing they still have it all to prove. There is something about Liverpool right now that demands comparison with Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan team of 1989-90, who suffocated teams with their pressing and intensity and had wondrous talent all over the pitch. You will recall the names of that collective with ease _ Marco van Basten, Franco Baresi, Ruud Gullit, Paolo Maldini, Frank Rijkaard, Carlo Ancelotti _ and they put themselves into the highest echelons of history by retaining the European Cup. Liverpool are not in that realm yet but that is the objective. They are going forward because, like AC Milan were, they are so good at the back. Liverpool have conceded one Premier League goal in 990 minutes since Gomez and Virgil van Dijk resumed their partnership.

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