Alessandro Del Piero may have chosen Sydney FC in the end, removing one more free agent forward from the shrinking list of potential stop-gap signings for Liverpool to consider, but the club's own in-house stop-gap appears to be nearing full fitness and will likely be ready to go in time for Sunderland next week.
"Joe is working well and the medical department are pleased with his progress," said manager Brendan Rodgers when asked about the status of the 30-year-old attacking midfielder who has struggled to find either form or fitness in his time at Liverpool. "He was out onto the pitch over the weekend doing some work, so there's still a little way to go with Joe yet but he's on the right track, which is important."
The thought of Joe Cole as saviour for a club without attacking depth might seem more than a touch ridiculous to many given what the player has done since arriving at the club two years ago as Christian Purslow's marquee signing and attempt to placate fans angry over his decision to fire Rafa Benitez. The reality, though, is that he should be at least as capable of providing a bit of squad depth as any of the free agent forwards left unclaimed at the bottom of the bargain bin would.
So with that in mind, welcome back Joe Cole. Please save us. Or at least try not to pull up with another injury after five minutes this time around.