Last time around, when Liverpool hosted Stoke City, Cole made it off the bench in the 67th minute to replace Suso and make his first appearance at Anfield in over a year.
This Saturday, he reverted to type—sitting in the stands, that is—against Reading. He is seemingly in direct competition with Stewart Downing every week to be the midfielder who avoids being left out of the matchday squad.
A sad fall from grace from one of England’s erstwhile most exciting talents.
Here are five reasons Liverpool and Joe Cole must part ways as soon as possible—and, as usual, feel free to have your say in the comments below.