Chelsea captain John Terry hopes fans give Joe Cole a good reception in Sunday's clash with Liverpool.
The 29-year-old spent seven years with the Blues following his move from West Ham before leaving on a free transfer last summer.
The England international was a firm fans' favourite during his time at Stamford Bridge and Sunday's game will be first visit as a Reds player.
Terry insists Cole is a 'Chelsea boy' and that he deserves to be recognised for his efforts with the Londoners.
"Joe gave everything for this club and hopefully the fans will recognise that and give him the reception he deserves," explained Terry.
"He is a Chelsea boy, even when he was at West Ham he said he was a Chelsea boy as a kid.
"I was sorry to see him go, others were too. That's why I'm 100 per cent sure he'll get a great reception."
Terry remains close friends with Cole and despite the fact that he has endured a slow start to life at Anfield he is backing the midfielder to come good.
Huge part to play
"He's a great lad and I'm still in contact with him," Terry continued.
"I watched his debut and him getting sent off - he should never have been sent off.
"Then he picked up a knock but he is confident in his own ability and me too.
"I'm sure he will have a huge part to play for Liverpool."