Former Reds player Joe Cole has blamed Liverpool owners FSG for the failure of his time at Anfield.

Cole joined Liverpool on a free transfer from Chelsea in 2010 under Roy Hodgson, with the move hailed by many as an excellent piece of business.

However, he was sent off on his debut against Arsenal and never really recovered, with injuries hampering his progress.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Joe Cole of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Blackpool at Anfield on October 3, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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And the former England international, now retired as a player, believes FSG contributed to his downfall at Liverpool.

“I joined Liverpool for the owners, then new owners took over and the noises were that they wanted me off the wage bill,” Cole said.

“The noises were coming through my agent that they wanted me out. When you sign for a new club and five minutes later they want you out, you’re facing an uphill battle straight away.

“You are just being thrown a few scraps off the bench 10 minutes here and there, 15 minutes here and there, plus the odd League Cup match.

“I always did my best at Liverpool and personally I think that if you look at the games I played in, I didn’t do anything wrong – I just didn’t play enough.

“Then my body was starting to break down, so I’d have four weeks off here, six weeks off there, then I’d get fit and it was just a spiral. If I had been managed better, I could have done better.”

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