Liverpool 1 Trabzonspor 0: Joe Cole delights, disappoints

Joe Cole a split personality? He slips a sublime pass to Ryan Babel who scores the only goal in Liverpool’s only noteworthy moment in the first half. In the second half, Serkan Balci fouled Lucas in the box. Joe Cole steps up for the spot kick and sends it tamely to Onur Kivrak. He must be wondering, fans must be wondering – what is next?
Liverpool looked good after the resumption of play and for fans, the most heartening sight would be Fernando Torres looking a bit like his former self. El Nino had some good looks at goal.
The Reds dodged a bullet when Umut Bulut managed to slip the offside cordon but with ample time to spare shot it straight at Reina who stuck his hand out to deflect it to safety. Now they travel to Turkey to put the result away.

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