Joe Cole arrived at Anfield on a free transfer after many successful seasons with Chelsea.
He spent seven seasons at Chelsea, playing over 280 games in all competitions and winning seven trophies, including three Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup.
The diminutive midfielder was known for his exceptional dribbling, agility, and flair, and was tipped as a big signing for the Reds at the time.
However, Liverpool were in a difficult position when Cole arrived.
There were enduring some dark days under Roy Hodgson during that period.
Additionally, the club changed ownership a few months after Cole arrived at Anfield, with FSG taking charge.
His stint at Anfield began to go awry immediately after he made his Premier League debut against Arsenal, being sent off in the first half of injury time.
Things didn’t really turnaround for the former Chelsea man at Anfield.
Injuries coupled with poor form meant he was sent on loan to Lille for the second season as Liverpool player.
He would leave for boyhood club West Ham United in the summer of 2014 – ending a torrid time in Merseyside.
What did Joe Cole say about his time at Liverpool?
Speaking on the Obi One podcast, Cole revealed why he would do things different in hindsight:
“I had a choice between Liverpool or Spurs because Arsenal pulled out and I just couldn’t go to Spurs. I just couldn’t.”
“It would have made sense, Harry Redknapp was the manager, I lived in London, they had a good team, half my pals are Spurs fans. I just couldn’t do it,” Cole explained.
“My daughter was just born and Liverpool is a great club. It didn’t work for me there but it is a great club, an institution globally and if I could have my time again, I would go, no wait.”
Relating back the aforementioned injury issues, Cole believes that playing in warmer climate may have helped his knee at the time:
“Then when I went to America, it was like a miracle, living in the sun. If I could have hindsight I would have gone abroad somewhere hot, maybe Spain or Italy, and I could have played at the top level for a little bit longer.”
“And I’d have gone abroad, somewhere hot, because playing in the heat actually helped my knee.”
“Because after that I went to Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham and had a good season in France, but I was just managing my injuries. Playing well sometimes but I wasn’t the same.”
There’s no doubt that Cole was talented player, but he arrived at Anfield a spent force at the age of 28-years-old.
Although Liverpool fans will not have many fond memories of the ex-Chelsea man, on his day it would be hard to find a better pure No.10 in the Premier League.