Liverpool FC News: JOE COLE today insisted it will take more than a missed penalty and red card to puncture the positivity that moving to Liverpool has given him.
The England international has experienced a dramatic start to his Liverpool career and he was again central to the plot line as the Reds beat Trabzonspor 1-0 at Anfield last night.
Cole provided the assist for Ryan Babel’s decisive goal with a perfect through ball but wasted a glorious chance to give Liverpool breathing space when missing a second half penalty.
Coming just five days after his red card against Arsenal, Cole could have been forgiven if he thought the fates were transpiring against him.
He, though, was only looking at the positives and has promised there will be more to come once he gets fully attuned to the way Roy Hodgson wants his team to play.
“It was a tough game but I am getting into positions to make goals,” said Cole. “I’ve made two in two-and-a-half games but I know there is a lot more to come.
“If I kept that kind of ratio up, I’m sure everyone would be happy. The penalty? It was just one of those things. I’m not a penalty taker and I just changed my mind.
“I’ll hold my hands up and admit it wasn’t good enough. I won’t rue the miss. The main thing is that we won and I will be anxious for us to finish the job next week over there.
“It wasn’t a vintage performance by any means. European games are notoriously difficult and it was great that we had the crowd to help us through. We got the job done in the end.”
There is no disputing that Cole is eager to impress a crowd that have already welcomed him in with open arms and that, perhaps, led to the anxiety with the penalty.
It certainly played a factor in him being sent off against Arsenal but Cole had few complaints with the decision and has apologised to Laurent Koscielny for any wrong doing.
“I thought I did well against Rabotnicki and the Arsenal game was over before it started,” said Cole. “But my job is to make goals and I have done that again last night.
“I’m reasonably happy but I set my standards high and I want to do better. I feel that there is a lot more to come from this team as well.
“You could say I was unlucky against Arsenal but the referee (Martin Atkinson) had a great game and that was that. The foul was not malicious and I didn’t mean to go and hurt Koscielny.
“I apologise if he was hurt because that is not my nature. But the referee had to stick to the letter of the law and he had no choice but to send me off.”
Cole will now miss the next three Premier League games, starting at Manchester City on Monday night, but he is available to make the trip to Turkey.
“It’s a big season and I want to do well,” he added. “You want a good start when you arrive at a new club and I just want to play whenever I can.”