Kenny Dalglish believes Joe Cole's late strike against Birmingham could be a pivotal moment for the playmaker.
Cole has failed to establish himself in the first team at Anfield after arriving on a free transfer under Roy Hodgson, with opportunities limited due to suspension and injuries.
However, the former Chelsea and West Ham star came off the bench to score the final goal in a 5-0 romp against Birmingham, and Dalglish believes the moment was just rewards for the player's hard work on the training ground.
"Joe's goal wasn't a little contribution. It could be massive for him because he has not had as many opportunities as he would have liked as he's been injured and suspended," said Dalglish in his Liverpool press conference.
"He's had a difficult time, but it is a great credit to him the way he has been training and working every single day.
"He's not let it affect him, and that's all I can ask for - for anyone when they do get their chance to go on and do their best. He is fantastic in training. He plays everything right and doesn't have a problem."
Press speculation has linked Cole with a move away from Merseyside as soon as this summer, but Dalglish has hinted that the player still has a future at Liverpool and is delighted with his efforts off the pitch.
"Joe, like Maxi and others out of the team, are giving themselves the best opportunity because, in training, they are committed and determined.
"Everybody has to work hard to get anything and Joe is no different from anybody else. But he's done that, and has got his chance. It could be important for him."
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