Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has praised the professionalism of Joe Cole.

Cole has struggled for first team action under the Scot.

Dalglish insisted: "Joe's goal wasn't a little contribution, it could be massive for him.

"He has not had as many opportunities as he'd have liked because of injuries and suspension.

"Joe has had a difficult time here, so great credit to him for the way he has been training and working every single day.

"He hasn't let that affect him and that's all I can ask for - when anyone gets their chance, to go and do their best.

"And to his great credit, he is fantastic in training. He plays everything right and there isn't a problem."

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