Reds have to be patient with Joe – but you just wait

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Liverpool fans, excited by the prospect of Joe Cole joining the club in the summer, have yet to see the best of the England international. But it’s only a matter of time.

That’s the view of manager Kenny Dalglish who has already seen enough of the former Chelsea midfielder to realise he’s a special talent...

So special, in fact, that King Kenny reckons ‘Joe has the ability to open up a can of beans’. Whether he has the ability to get back to the level many predicted remains to be seen.

Reds boss Kenny has no doubts. Dalglish said: "Joe certainly looks really sharp in training.

"He's done nothing but good over the last couple of weeks when he's been fit enough to train and he did well enough against Sparta last week.

“He's a talented footballer and we will try our best to get that out of him.

"He's positive, he's lively and he's bubbly. Steve Clarke coming in will have helped him as well because he has worked with him before. We have no problems with Joe."


Despite his confidence that Cole will soon begin showing the form which has earned him 56 England caps, Dalglish will be careful not to ask too much too soon.

"We have to be patient," said the Scot. "We need to have a look to see where he's up to. We have to make sure he's right and ready.

"We won't judge him now because he's still trying to get himself fit. He knows himself he has to get adjusted to playing again.

"After being injured it takes a wee while. You cannot just turn it on and off like a tap."

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