Joe Cole’s debut delights Roy Hodgson


New Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was full of praise for England midfielder Joe Cole, after he made a fine debut for the Reds in the 2-0 home win over Rabotnicki in the Europa League third qualifying round.

Cole lasted the full 90 minutes at Anfield and Hodgson was delighted with the former Chelsea man's performance.

He told the club's official website:"His energy and enthusiasm meant he had a really good home debut.

"Joe is desperate to play. He came here because he thought he might get the opportunity to start more games than he did at Chelsea.

"He is a very enthusiastic, effervescent footballer who the more he plays, the happier he is. He is the type of player who wants to play every minute of every game.

"Whether that is going to be possible is another matter, but it's a good quality to have.

"Joe can play a lot of positions, but it is going to be a question of where we need him most and how he will fit in best with us and the rest of the players.

"When you have got a player of his quality, you work hard to get him on the field and you put him on the field in a position where he is going to best serve the team."

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