Liverpool star is frustrated at Anfield

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Joe Cole is relishing an extended run in the Liverpool side after serving a three-match suspension.

The 28-year-old was sent off in Liverpool's opening game of the season against Arsenal for a lunging challenge on Laurent Koscielny.

He has since missed the clashes with Manchester City, West Brom and Birmingham but was given the opportunity to shine in a Liverpool shirt for the first time last night as the Reds routed Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League.

Cole bagged a goal inside a minute at Anfield - his first for Liverpool - to play his way into the hearts of the Kop faithful and admitted that he's relieved to finally get going in the famous Red strip.

"It's been a long time and the suspension just seemed to last ages so I just want to get back into it now. I'm enjoying it here and I'm happy to be here," the former Chelsea star told the official Liverpool website.

"There was a lot of frustration there. I've been nearly a month not playing so it's been a bit stop-start but I'm happy to get my first goal for the team and a great start in the Europa League.

"Teams come here and try to sit back, they put a lot of work into stopping us playing in the first half but we managed to break them down and get the goals.

"The win is massive. You've got to win your home games, that's very important. If you win your three home games and get one draw on your travels you're through. It was a tough game and a good result."

Cole will be hoping he can further prove himself to the Liverpool fans when they take on bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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