Liverpool No2 Clarke: Cole has big role to play

Liverpool coach Steve Clarke insists Joe Cole has a big role to play at Anfield next season.

Liverpool coach Steve Clarke insists Joe Cole has a big role to play at Anfield next season.

Kenny Dalglish's number two has been impressed by how Cole has acquitted himself in pre-season so far.

"At the end of last season he was not getting in the team because the team was playing well," said Clarke.

"But he has gone away, trained hard and had a good summer.

"Joe Cole is a top international player and he has a big contribution to make to the future. He is the same Joe Cole I coached at Chelsea, just a couple of years older and a little bit wiser.

"He knows the position he is in. It has been difficult for him because he has not been involved but when he gets the chance it is up to him to take it."

Clarke felt Cole's continued enthusiasm in training despite his on-field difficulties demonstrated the strength of the character the former West Ham man possesses.

"The better players are always positive," said Clarke.

"They see the bigger picture and understand what is going on. They understand they have to reach certain levels and when they do that they will get in the team."

 
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