Cole: I’ll come good for Reds

The 29-year-old moved from Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer

but his Reds career got off to the worst possible start when he was

sent off in the first match of the season against Arsenal. Since

then he has suffered a number of injuries which have resulted in a

stop-start campaign, where his infrequent appearances have mainly

come in the Europa League. He does not look comfortable on the

left-hand side of midfield but has to be thankful for the pitch

time and got another 90 minutes under his belt in the 1-0 defeat

away to Braga in the Europa League last-16 first-leg tie on

Thursday night. But Cole knows that is not enough and is determined

to work out a solution to his difficulties. He said: “I am just

going day by day. I am enjoying my football and I love to go into

training with a smile on my face. “I’m trying to get a run in the

side and trying to get back to where I need to be. “If you work

hard you get a bit of luck here and there and I am sure my luck is

around the corner. “This is a cracking club and I really think we

are going in the right direction with Kenny Dalglish, Steve Clarke

(first-team coach who also worked with Cole at Chelsea) and Damien

Comolli (the director of football strategy).” Cole is one of a

number of new arrivals at the club who have so far failed to

produce their best form. The likes of Christian Poulsen and Milan

Jovanovic have also been restricted to occasional appearances while

the much-derided left-back Paul Konchesky lasted five months before

he went out on loan to npower Championship club Nottingham Forest.

All those players were recruited under previous owners Tom Hicks

and George Gillett, and at a time when former manager Roy Hodgson

was still finding his feet having been appointed in July. The

October buy-out by the Fenway Sports Group, headed by John Henry,

changed the landscape at Anfield and their intentions were made

clear when they brought in Comolli, sacked Hodgson and temporarily

replaced him with Dalglish and sanctioned the club-record purchases

of first Luis Suarez (£22.7million) and then Andy Carroll

(£35million). Those two have already shown, in a relatively

short time, that when you make the necessary investment in quality

players it can pay dividends. Suarez was instrumental in Sunday’s

3-1 win over Manchester United, a game in which Carroll made his

long-awaited debut after a thigh injury. He continued his

rehabilitation with a 33-minute substitute appearance in the second

half against Braga and it was his entrance which sparked

Liverpool’s best spell of the game. The 22-year-old, the most

expensive British player of all time, won every header to underline

his aerial superiority and give his team-mates renewed spark after

a poor first half but unfortunately it was not enough to force an

equaliser. But already in his two short substitute appearances he

has displayed huge promise and, having seen him at close quarters,

Cole sees similarities with a former Chelsea team-mate. “He is only

a young lad but he reminds me of a young Didier Drogba,” said the

midfielder. “I have played with both of them and I think he has all

the attributes to become that type of centre-forward.” Dalglish was

disappointed with his side’s first-half performance, which lacked

movement and energy, having hoped the four changes he made from the

United match would have helped keep things ticking over. With

captain Steven Gerrard and defender Fabio Aurelio injured and

Suarez ineligible, the Scot brought in Poulsen, Jay Spearing and

Sotirios Kyrgiakos with Cole replacing Maxi Rodriguez, but it did

not prevented a stilted display. “Sometimes you say if you freshen

it up the boys coming in will be enthusiastic and try to grab the

opportunity,” said the 60-year-old. “But I don’t think the

difference was the ones who did not play on Sunday and played

yesterday because a lot of them played against United. “Our

attitude and passing was not as good as it should have been. “I

don’t know if you can do much about that, whether you played Sunday

or not.”