Cole looks to fire against Hammers

26 February 2011 03:00
Joe Cole is hoping for another opportunity to ignite his Liverpool career against first club West Ham on Sunday. The England midfielder has endured a frustrating season at Anfield after a high-profile free transfer from Chelsea last summer. The 29-year-old was sent off on his Premier League debut for the club in August and has since been hampered by injuries and poor form. Former boss Roy Hodgson became reluctant to use the player but the appointment of Kenny Dalglish as caretaker manager seven weeks ago has offered a fresh chance. Cole had to wait until Thursday's Europa League clash with Sparta Prague for his first start under Dalglish due to a knee problem but lasted the full 90 minutes and could continue at Upton Park. "Joe Cole coming back is a real bonus for us. It has been a stop-start season for him," said Dalglish. "It is a great credit to him the way he finished Thursday's game - he ran almost the full length of the pitch to almost score in the last minute. "There is not much wrong with his fitness, he just needs to get back into match practice and the lad will be okay. It's the first opportunity I've had to have him in the squad and he's a great asset to have."

Source: PA