Joe Cole is a man who started the season with a few pundits looking at his odds of winning premier league Player of the Year trophy as a decent shout.
However, since the start of the new campaign, he has become simply a player who would love just to experience a fleeting moment in which he can prove to Liverpool fans that he really is worth the extortionate amount of money that the club are paying him to stay on their books.
With this season's odds of winning UEFA Europa League not making wonderful reading for troubled Reds fans, Joe Cole may well be able to turn himself into a Liverpool legend if he can find his form and inspire Liverpool to reach the latter stages of the competition. Despite ultimate success in the Europa League clearly not the main priority at the moment for manager Roy Hodgson, Liverpool fans are beginning to realise that they cannot be too picky about where and how they win silverware this season, especially since theirs is a club which has recently been spoken about in relation to the current betting odds for relegation from the Premier League!
However, in light of the recent good news regarding the chances of the club being taken over by a new set of American owners (only this time the owners from the US are expected to take the club out of a financial mess rather than taking them to the point of bankruptcy), the situation seems to take on a slightly new angle. If the club is taken over, it may turn out to be the case that Joe Cole, rather than battling to find top form, is left merely fighting to stay at a club which initially welcomed him with open arms in the summer.