Cole shrugs off concerns
Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has rejected claims that he is struggling for confidence.
Last Updated: 03/12/10 1:36pm
Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has rejected claims that he is struggling for confidence and believes a regular run in the side will help him find his best form.
Reds boss Roy Hodgson suggested earlier this week the summer signing from Chelsea was struggling for confidence after a difficult start to his Anfield career.
Cole has failed to hit the heights since his much-publicised move to Anfield due to a combination of form and fitness.
The 29-year-old made his comeback against Steaua Bucharest on Thursday after five weeks out with a hamstring problem and Cole has dismissed concerns about his state of mind, believing that a consistent run of games will soon bring the best out of him.
"No, not at all," was his response when asked whether his confidence had taken a knock.
Happy"I am happy with everything at Liverpool, I just have to stay fit and keep playing well.
"No footballer likes being injured, it is a pain, but you have to keep going and keep working hard.
"I got through 75 minutes last night having only trained once so I'm happy with the way things have gone.
"It was nice to come back and be out there. I just need to kick on and keep myself fit, that is the main thing.
"If I can do that and get games I'll be very happy as I'll be able to stay on the pitch and help the team to win something."
PatientMeanwhile, fellow summer signing Danny Wilson was happy with his outing against Steaua Bucharest.
Wilson, who joined Liverpool from Rangers, made only his second senior appearance in Romania alongside Sotirios Kyrgiakos in defence and the Scotland international hopes to get a few more opportunities in the first team.
"It was good. Soto is a big, strong, great defender and I think we complemented each other quite well," said Wilson.
"I can still learn as I am only 18 and that is what I need to do. I know it is difficult to get into the team but I am up for the challenge.
"Hopefully I showed what I can do and the manager can stick with me if he likes me, but if not I can start working a bit harder and be there or thereabouts."