Liverpool FC News: Boss Roy Hodgson paid tribute to Joe Cole after the midfielder impressed on his debut in last night's 2-0 victory over FK Rabotnicki at Anfield.
Cole created the opener for David Ngog and Steven Gerrard netted from the spot as the Reds won 4-0 on aggregate to book their place in the Europa League play-off round.
“Joe is desperate to play. He came here because he thought he might get the opportunity to start more games than he had at Chelsea,” Hodgson said.
“He's a very enthusiastic footballer. The more he plays the happier he is. He's the type of player who wants to play every minute of every game. That's a good quality to have.
“His energy and enthusiasm tonight meant he had a really good home debut.
“I was surprised at the size of the crowd. It's quiet incredible to attract over 30,000 against unfancied opponents. It's great for me that in front of such a big crowd Joe showed they are going to get a lot of joy from him this season.”
It was also a special night for Hodgson who enjoyed a routine victory in his first home game in charge.
“This is something I've looked forward to and it's nice to mark the occasion with a good performance and a win,” he said.
“We played some very attractive football and created lots of good chances.
“We kept our discipline and way of playing throughout, even though at times the game was relatively easy for us. The players impressed me enormously.
“David Ngog scored the first and won the penalty for the second. He was involved in a lot of other goal scoring opportunities and was unlucky not to add to his tally.
“His work rate was very good and he provided a focal point for our attacks.”