Anfield aura key to Cole decision to sign for Liverpool
Cole scores wonder goal for England (UK only)
The prospect of playing at Anfield was key to Joe Cole's decision to join Liverpool, not financial reasons.
"I thought about the Champions League semi in 2005 when I ran on to the field and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up," said the ex-Chelsea star.
"I was thinking about playing in that atmosphere every week and that swung it for me," added the England midfielder, 28, who has signed a four-year deal.
"I tried to take the finances and location out and think about football."
Chelsea lost 1-0 on aggregate to Liverpool in that 2005 Champions League semi-final in front of a delirious Anfield crowd when even their former manager Jose Mourinho was moved to comment: "I felt the power of Anfield, it was magnificent."
Cole had been expected to remain in London after he was released by Premier League champions Chelsea at the end of May.
Arsenal and Tottenham both expressed interest in the London-born England international, who spent seven years at Stamford Bridge after coming through the ranks at West Ham.
Instead Cole chose Liverpool and he completed his move on Wednesday after passing a medical.
"I know I've made the right decision and I'm looking forward to the challenge," added Cole, who reportedly will earn £90,000 a week at Anfield.
"I have played in London all my life. I could have stayed at Chelsea because the fans loved me and I won things, but I wanted to challenge myself and when I knew Liverpool were interested it was a no-brainer because they are the biggest club in the country."
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.