Friday, August 03, 2012

''JOE COLE'S INJURY NOT SERIOUS'' - LIVERPOOL'S COACH


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has played down Joe Cole's injury after the playmaker was substituted during the Reds' 1-0 Europa League third qualifying round victory over Gomel.

The former Chelsea midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Lille, lasted just 23 minutes before he was replaced by 17-year-old Raheem Sterling at the Central Stadion in Belarus.


Joe just felt his hamstring a little bit,' Rodgers said. 'I don't think it is totally pulled and it was just a little bit of tightness so we had to take him off.

It disrupted our plans a little bit but it was better to have him come off rather than risk injury.'

Stewart Downing's second half strike meant Rodgers' first competitive game in charge of Liverpool ended with victory, and the former Swansea boss was pleased with what he saw.

After the first 45 minutes I also changed the structure of the midfield and Steven Gerrard started to play a bit lower than the other two central midfielders.

'I am glad that Stewart scored the goal as we put him on that side to come in and shoot. It was a great shot.'
 

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