Cole talks tough on Reds career
Joe Cole has issued a heartfelt assessment of his disappointing Liverpool career to date.
Last Updated: 23/02/11 10:05am
Joe Cole has issued a heartfelt assessment of his disappointing Liverpool career to date, but he is determined to leave his struggles in the past.
The former Chelsea playmaker was sent off on his Premier League debut at Anfield in August after arriving on a free transfer and it has been downhill from then on.
Cole also missed a penalty against Trabzonspor in the same week as his dismissal against Arsenal before the rest of his season to date has been ravaged by injury.
The 29-year-old made just his 20th Liverpool appearance in last Thursday's dire stalemate against Sparta Prague, but he is talking tough about the rest of the season.
Cole told Liverpool's official website: "It's not gone how I would have liked, but that's life. Things like that happen and you've just got to push on through the difficult times.
"I've had plenty of good times in my career and I've had my share of difficult times, and I'll always come through.
"I'm determined to be a success here. I'm working hard every day. The main thing is the club - it's all about Liverpool.
"I'm pleased it (the team's form) has turned around and we're going in the right direction, and if Liverpool can keep going there, I'd love to be part of it."
The outing in Prague marked Cole's first appearance under Kenny Dalglish and he hopes to be a part of the Kop legend's plans for rebuilding Liverpool.
Cole was signed by Roy Hodgson, who was sacked in January as just one change in a dramatic season, with the club's new owners, Fenway Sports Group, having taken over in October.
"New owners, new manager, new coaches, new football director...it's a complete change," said Cole.
"But I came in from a club in Chelsea where we had gone through a few managers as well over the last few years, so I am used to it.
"I think continuity is so important in football. Now we've got Kenny, Damien (Comolli) and Steve (Clarke), who are as good as you'll find at doing their jobs - their track records are proven.
"It's about continuity now. The club needs that for Liverpool to move forward and for us to progress. We need to stick together."