Brendan Rodgers says he is unable to provide Joe Cole with any assurances that he has a future as a Liverpool player, but will continue to support the Reds No.10 for the duration of his time at Anfield.
Cole has endured a disappointing spell at Liverpool since joining the club on a free transfer from Chelsea in the summer of 2010, and spent the entirety of last season on loan with Lille.
It was hoped that Cole might enjoy a resurgence following the arrival of Rodgers at Liverpool, with the pair having worked together at Chelsea, but the 31-year-old has failed to impress his new manager regularly enough.
Cole scored against former club West Ham in Sunday's 3-2 win for Liverpool at Upton Park, but this performance may not be enough to save him from an Anfield exit in January.
When questioned about Cole's future at Liverpool, Rodgers could not guarantee the midfielder would stay with the club, and says he must fight for a starting place if he does remain a Red.
"Is his future here? You would have to ask him that. The guy is still a Liverpool player and while he’s a Liverpool player I’ll work as hard as I can with my staff to try to make him the best we possibly can," Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
"If he’s not going to play as often as he wants then he’s no different to any player really. Players are about game time and money. But he’s not any kind of problem, he’s a good guy and we will see what happens over the coming months."