In the latest edition of FourFourTwo, Joe Cole has placed blame on Fenway Sports Group for his miserable spell as a Liverpool player.
Cole signed for Liverpool in 2010 on a free transfer from Chelsea, with many praising Roy Hodgson’s shrewd business.
However, Cole failed to impress at Anfield and went on to make only 42 appearance before leaving for West Ham in 2013.
Cole told FourFourTwo: “I joined Liverpool for the owners, then new owners took over and the noises were that they wanted me off the wage bill.
“The noises were coming through my agent that they wanted me out. When you sign for a new club and five minutes later they want you out, you’re facing an uphill battle straight away.
“I always did my best at Liverpool and personally I think that if you look at the games I played in, I didn’t do anything wrong – I just didn’t play enough.
“Then my body was starting to break down, so I’d have four weeks off here, six weeks off there, then I’d get fit and it was just a spiral. If I had been managed better, I could have done better.”
Cole didn’t match expectations at Anfield
Although Cole may claim that he always did his best for Liverpool, his chances on the pitch were limited.
His performances in a red shirt were simply not good enough, and this was probably the main reason he was moved on.
It was clear that after being signed by Hodgson before he was sacked, that Cole was never in Brendan Rodgers’ plans.
It turned out to be a huge shame, as Cole was an undeniable talent in his Chelsea days.
Many thought he could really make a difference at Liverpool, but things just didn’t work out for him.
He did also suffer terribly with injuries it’s worth noting, but ultimately, he never really took his chances on the pitch.
To his credit, he remained a consummate professional while at Anfield even though he was clearly unhappy and struggling.
It’s a move that many wish would’ve worked out for the better, but this proved to be the beginning of the end of Cole’s career.
After leaving for West Ham, Cole went on to play for Aston Villa, Coventry City and Tampa Bay Rowdies.