Should Liverpool continue to stand-by this flop?


On the 19th July 2010 it was announced that Joe Cole had signed for Liverpool FC. A well respected, quality midfield play-maker and England international star, Cole’s signing was greeted with delight on Merseyside. Not only had the Anfield outfit picked up a fantastic player, but they’d got him for free! Allegedly rejecting the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal in order to come to Liverpool, Cole cited reasons such as the great history of the club and the prospect of forming a midfield partnership with Steven Gerrard for his decision. Great anticipation surrounded Joe Cole’s debut season at Anfield (Gerrard even said Cole was “better than Messi”) but, unfortunately, things didn’t quite go as planned.

Sent off in his debut game against Arsenal, it has been downhill ever since for the Liverpool number 10. Sure, there have been flashes of Cole’s old genius, such as his 25 second goal against Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League, but ultimately his season has been typified by injury troubles and an alarming loss of form. Now Cole is unable to get into the first team and can only watch as the likes of Raul Meireles, Jay Spearing, Lucas Leiva and Maxi Rodriguez improve week by week. Cole has been reduced to a bit-part player at Liverpool and word is he is on the way out.

Several teams have been linked with the midfielder but the most likely of them is a reunion with former manager Harry Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur. The question is, should Cole stay at Liverpool or move on to pastures new?

Certainly what Joe Cole needs is to start a few games on the trot in order to regain his confidence and find his form again. Kenny Dalglish does seem genuine too when he has stated that he wants Joe Cole to get back to his best and become a regular fixture in the team. The problem is, of course, that with so many of the other Liverpool players on top form it is tough to justify replacing any of them with a player who is not at his best. And with no Europa League next season, which would have been an ideal place for Cole to get a few confidence building matches, where can the Liverpool manager actually put him in a starting line-up regularly?

However, one would argue that he would face the same problems at Tottenham. Assuming Spurs can hold onto their main midfielders then the likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Marlon Sandro, Jermaine Jenas and Steven Pienaar are all options for Harry Redknapp. How exactly is Joe Cole going to be able to start regularly and get on a good run of form in that team? Even with the option of playing Cole in Europa League matches, I still think it would be difficult for Redknapp.

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  • ShardeYNWALFC4EVER says:


  • farhan says:

    sell him as soon as possible

  • Bill says:

    Get shot ASAP

  • Derek Wharton says:

    Maybe he should leave LFC – but so should the supposed supporters who describe as they did. He’s as Liverpool player and as such deserves respect. Give it to him and any others who you think aren’t good enough.

    Cole may not have ‘fitted’ with Liverpool but he’s not a ‘flop’

  • Davie says:

    I would get rid of the other shite before JC.Kenny only sent him on for a few minutes in each match near the end of the season to me that was Kenny advertising JC to other clubs.

  • shadda says:

    keep him, he owes us a good season, who would have believed Maxi would come good, but he did?

    • Andy says:

      Maxi came good? Seriously I give up he played very well in 3 games and if that’s good enough for you go elsewhere I want players who play well in 40 games ayear.

  • a finnigan says:

    maxi,jovanivic,poulson,soto and then cole and insua and kuyt at 31 and in good form maybe to villa and throw maxi in take advantage ov there rich vein ov form for downing and get 100k awk off wage bill

    • Redr0bb0 says:

      Kuyt, get rid of Kuyt? What planet are you on? The guy would run through a 10 ft thick concrete wall for us and has been nothing short od superb all season. I don’t know what matches you’ve been watcing. Him, Reina and Lucas have been our most consistant players and I would add Suarez since Jan and Mereiles after he got to grips with the pace of our league. Sell Kuyt? Get a grip!!!

  • TommyGun says:

    Yea Cole needs to be sold…. I believe he is pulling 60k a week at Liverpool. Thats just a huge deadweight.
    Don’t think he’d do so well at Spurs either, their midfield is packed with quality.

    I really think he has reached towards the end of his career. I think the best thing for him to do is move to a mid table club, where expectations are not high and where he can surely get a first team match week in and week out. I think a team like Stoke, WBA, Sunderland or Fulham would suit him well.
    Plus it also looks like Aqua is coming back since Juve aint willing to cough up the cash for him. That just means more reserves games for Cole.

  • Blindside says:

    Silly question. He must go!

  • Tom says:

    I just don’t believe Cole is the player he used to be. He’s been poor for the last three years & it seems that his successive injuries have taken their toll on him. He spent practically every game in a Liverpool shirt running round like a chicken with no head while the game passed him by. The fact that he’s on a whopping £90,000 a week just makes it even more urgent that we offload Cole asap.

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