Photos: Liverpool 1-0 Trabzonspor – Selfish Joe Cole Misses Penalty

Ollie Irish

20th, August 2010



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JOE Cole’s dream start to his Liverpool continued against plucky Trabzonspor. Joey stepped up, in front of the Kop, to take a penalty which – had he scored – would have made the score 2-0 and sealed the tie.

Except, as he admitted openly in a post-match interview, Cole hasn’t really taken a penalty since he was 13. So why jeopardise Liverpool’s campaign in Europe by taking one last night? To prove that he has the balls to be a Liverpool player? To improve his ratings? Simply to get off the mark? Whatever way you look at Cole bravely ‘putting his hand up’, ultimately it reeked of selfishness – which is ironic, as Cole is not by nature a selfish footballer. Give the ball to Torres. That’s the professional thing to do, no? At least Cole gained some credit by setting up Ryan Babel for the only goal of a poor game.

So calm down, Joe – you don’t need to try so hard to impress Liverpool fans. They like you. Well, most of them.

Other thoughts on Liverpool’s display: Christian Poulsen looked rusty, Babel was terrible until he scored, Torres looked sharp when he came on, Trab aren’t as bad as most English pundits thought, and they would have scored but for a fine Pepe Reina reflex save.

So, it’s 1-0 with a trip to Turkey ahead – that’s a slender lead indeed. One away goal for Liverpool in the second leg should be enough to clinch progress, but if Trab score early, look out.

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  1. magnumopus says:

    Why do you call him selfish??????? The manager told him before the match that he was the one to take penalty shots! Would be nice to read factual stories not agenda ridden stories with a grievance…

  2. Anonymous says:

    gv j.cole time,he will prove it..

  3. bruce lee says:

    Gv j.cole time,,he will prove he can score goal.

  4. PhilandoTorres says:

    Imagine Torres’ ratio if he took penos?

    Poulsen looks like a glorified Lucas, if you can fathom such a thing.

    If given a chance up front, where he wants to play, Babel could finally fulfill his potential. Cracking first touch and finish last night.

  5. Danny Sparky says:

    haha i fell sorry for liverpool it shows how much they have gone down hill having to sign a chelsea reject

  6. Donner Meat says:

    Poor mans Lucas? I was thinking more a poor mans Damien Plessis.

  7. Adel says:

    Please send to me pictures of joe cole

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