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It has been a trend of short and Joe Cole was the latest victim who confirmed the thought.
Players who left Chelsea were unable to achieve the successes they had attained while at the Bridge. From Zola, Makelele, Diarra, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Bridge to Joe Cole, the list has been long and there has been no exceptions at all.
Joe Cole, who left Chelsea to join Liverpool after not agreeing to an extension to his contract, must be ruing his decision presently. From his first start for the Merseyside club, where he got red carded, it has only been downhill for the England international.
After managing a mere 32 appearances for the Anfield side in a injury-plagued season, the player once described by Gerrard as "better than Messi" has looked a shadow of himself while at Chelsea.
He fell down the pecking order after the arrival of Kenny Dalglish, who used him mostly as a substitute. The lack of playing time further affected his confidence, and the former Hammer cut a sorry state whenever he took to the field.
With the arrival of new signings at Anfield, it was looking as the end for the Englishman. The arrival of the likes of Henderson, Downing and Adam meant that Cole would be used as a fringe player with very little playing time.
It was all looking dark and gloomy for him up until the last moment of the transfer window when Liverpool and French club Lille OSC agreed to a loan deal for the off-form midfielder.
The move will allow the unwanted former Liverpool man some playing time if he can stay fit, and give him a chance to prove a point to the Liverpool boss.
Cole was one of the luckiest because if Lille had not approached, Cole would have had to spend most of the season warming the bench.