Anfield’s big summer signing has admitted that he is not at his best.
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Joe Cole has admitted his poor form and Liverpool’s abject start to the season have turned his first four months on Merseyside into the worst period of his career.
The England international has yet to win a Premier League game in his time at Anfield after missing the only domestic victory of Roy Hodgson’s reign because of a three-game suspension picked up on the first day of the season.
Like the majority of his new team-mates, the 28 year-old has struggled for form since his free transfer from Chelsea in the summer, and though he is confident he will soon rediscover his touch, he admits he has never experienced such a troubled time either personally or for his team.
“I have never had a period like this before,” he said. “It is all new territory for me. But it is a challenge and life is never easy. I am looking at myself, nobody else. I need to do a lot better for the club and every minute of every day I am thinking about how I can get there again. I am desperate to do well for Liverpool.
“We are not playing well, I am not playing well. I need to find my form somehow. I expect better from myself. I know that I am at a club that is going to help me through it. In these situations, the worst thing you can do is start pointing fingers at each other. We have got to look at ourselves.
“We have had a tough start and a bad start with results. We are where we are and we have got to change it. We have got to dig deep. The right thing to do is try and grind out that first win and take it from there. We are right behind the manager. We all believe in the team and the club.” (Telegraph)
It is fair to say that Joe Cole has not lived up to expectations since signing for Liverpool. Much can be blamed on the team’s overall performances, but Cole has yet to show fans any signs of the natural talent he has displayed throughout his career.
Liverpool are desperate for their star players to start performing, and Cole is certainly one of those. Many will argue that he is playing out of position, but with so much experience of playing at the top level, he should be offering Liverpool a lot more than he has during recent outings.
He seemed to be at a loose end out on the left-hand side throughout the game at Everton, a position which he made his own for the England national side only a few years ago. Maybe it is time for manager Roy Hodgson to give him a chance in his favoured position behind the striker? Would this help out an equally out-of-form Fernando Torres?