With Steven Gerrard likely to be absent from the Liverpool team to take on Sparta Pargue in tonight’s Europa League last-32 second-leg tie, creative impetus will fall upon Joe Cole.
The talented playmaker is likely to start for the first time under Kenny Dalglish, the game representing an opportunity to rebuild his Anfield career which has hitherto not gone to plan.
Nevertheless, Kenny Dalglish is urging Liverpool fans to be patient with Cole, reasoning that his prolonged injury absence means he will need time to regain his best form.
“Even hot water takes time to come through; so for Joe, it’s not fair for us to judge him right now,” Dalglish told The Guardian. “He is enthusiastic and he is talented, and we will try to get the best out of him.”
Carroll debut delayed.
Andy Carroll is unlikely to make his Liverpool bow against Sparta Prague tonight, Kenny Dalglish told the assorted media during Wednesday’s pre-match press conference.
However, Carroll’s recovery from injury is said to be “going to plan”. Dalglish is in particular delighted with the attitude Liverpool’s record signing has showed in training since stepping up his recovery.
“For us, he’s done everything we’ve asked of him,” Dalglish praised the target-man’s attitude as he recovers from injury. “We’re delighted with his progress, but I don’t think he’s quite ready for a game yet.”
Wilson keen to impress.
Since transferring to Liverpool from Rangers in the summer, Danny Wilson has struggled for regular first-team action.
His most recent taste of football came at left-back in the first-leg in Prague, and Wilson – centre-back by trade – admits that he would be happy to fill in at left-back if it meant more consistent first-team action.
“It’s important for me to show the manager what I can do, and hopefully I’ve done that,” he told Liverpool’s official website. “I’ve said before that I’ll play wherever the manager tells me to play and I think the most important thing for me was getting 90 minutes under my belt rather than what position I played.”