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Liverpool loanee Cole enjoying Lille berth

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole, who is on a season-long loan to Lille, believes the style of play in Ligue 1 suits him as does the French lifestyle. He told L'Equipe Mag: "I eat everything here - even frog's legs."

Asked what aspects of French life he would take back with him to England when his loan spell was over, he said: "I will make good coffee and I will adopt a mastiff dog like the one on the (Lille) club badge."

Cole has also noticed differences between the match-going public.

"In England, a stadium will get to its feet for a mad tackle. Two players going full-blooded for a ball and it's party time. In France, the audience gets up if someone does a nutmeg or plays a 40-metre pass," he added.

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