Liverpool held up by Young Boys – Joe Cole shines in 2-2 draw
Joe Cole joined in with Liverpool supporters to lament on Reds’ failure to seal victory over Young Boys in Europa League. Liverpool went ahead twice, but were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield on Thursday.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers lined up a youthful side against Young Boys to save his senior players for Premier League clash against Swansea City. Brendan Rodgers is clearly focusing on making an impact with Liverpool against his former club.
Jonjo Shelvey gave Liverpool the lead in the 33rd minute of the game, but Raul Marcelo Bobadilla equalized in the 52nd minute. Joe Cole came up with what seemed like the winner in the 72nd minute, however Elsad Zverotic scored a stunning equalizer in the dying moments of the game to bring the score-line to 2-2.
Liverpool will now have to bring out their best on their trip Udinese. Joe Cole believes Liverpool is capable of coping under-pressure. The England international is hopeful of Liverpool’s victory in the final group game.
Joe Cole, who assisted in the first goal and scored the goal for Liverpool against Young Boys, reckons the Reds could have easily won the game had it not been for defensive lapses.
“It's disappointing. It was just the game management at the end,” Joe Cole ITV after the game. “We need to see the game out. Maybe we had a few young players on the pitch but we should have killed the game of. Fair credit though it was a good finish from their kid.”
The former Chelsea midfielder is returning to Liverpool squad after a long-term hamstring injury. The veteran’s presence in the midfield was surprisingly helpful, unlike his former form at the club. Joe Cole believes he can rejuvenate the latter part of his career under Brendan Rodgers.
“Of course. I was a good players at West Ham, Chelsea and Lille and I think I can be a good player a Liverpool,” Joe Cole said. “I'm getting stronger with every game. It is normal that a player wants to play all the time.
“It was my third game back from a hamstring problem and I felt good. On a personal note it was quite good. The overall sense though is disappointment that we didn't see it out in the end. But the young lads especially have been terrific this year. We just keep going.”