Joe Cole out of action for two weeks

The former Chelsea midfielder had a scan following the match and Dr Peter Brukner, Liverpool’s head of sports medicine and sports science, later confirmed that Cole had damaged his hamstring.

The England international will now miss former club Chelsea’s trip to Anfield on Saturday, but Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has backed Cole to recapture the form which earned him a move to the Blues from West Ham back in 2003.

'There have been flashes of quality - notably the ball he produced for (Fernando) Torres in the win over Blackburn,' Hodgson said. 'I think Joe has done well in that he is so committed, he works his socks off and he wants to do well here.'

'He is a quality player. But we haven't seen the best of him. Absolutely not. There is more to come from him and he knows that.'

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