Cole scored two good, instinctive, poacher's goals at Fulham on Boxing Day but has spent much of the season looking out of sorts. This is not the marquee signing Anfield needs to lift the spirit of a crowd turning rapidly against their manager.
Daniel Sturridge is another who has been linked with them but he isn’t of the requisite quality. Eljero Elia and Ashley Young may well feature on a shortlist of wingers, and Ryan Shawcross is being monitored.
From what I understand, Liverpool are more likely to invest in the summer, by which time they would have almost certainly replaced Roy Hodgson. The new man will then have the close season to prepare properly for next season. Not a luxury, we must remember, that was extended to the former Fulham boss.
As far as people deserting the sinking ship, Glen Johnson is keen on a move away.
POSSIBLE INS: Silvain Marveaux, Marek Hamsik, Ashley Young, Carlton Cole, Eljero Elia, Ryan Shawcross