ROY HODGSON will give Joe Cole every chance to prove his fitness ahead of tomorrow's crucial trip to Stoke - as he tries to find a blend that will make Liverpool a potent travelling force again.
Cole has not played since pulling up with a hamstring problem during the 1-0 win at Bolton on October 31 and his rehabilitation has been held up by a bout of flu.
The England international has returned to training at Melwood this week and is pleasing the club's medical staff with the way he is coming along - but Cole will not be pitched until the club are satisfied he has fully recovered.
But Hodgson will still have to find a remedy for Liverpool's lack of success away from Anfield in 2010.
So far this calendar year, the Reds' only wins on the road have come at Burnley (4-0 in April) and Bolton and, as Hodgson accepts, it is not good enough.
'We are back in work, back in training and determined to make sure the next game is a winning one,' said Hodgson, whose side squandered a lead at Wigan on Wednesday night.