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Oct 8, 2012

Cole asks fans to be patient

Joe Cole has told Liverpool fans their patience will be rewarded with success if they stick with the team.

• Blog: Rodgers still building fortress

Cole, 30, is adamant that the Brendan Rodgers revolution will work despite the fact that his side go into the international break lying 14th in the Premier League.

The season is made to look all the more bleaker with Liverpool having won only one of their opening seven Premier League games, and were held 0-0 at home by Stoke on Sunday.

The club have managed just two home league victories in 2012, and none this season, frustrating a manager who declared on taking charge in June that he wanted to make coming to Anfield "the longest 90 minutes of an opponent's life".

Winger Cole could not help Liverpool to find a winner against Stoke as he came off the bench for his first appearance since the opening day of the league season, having recovered from a hamstring injury.

But the former Chelsea player believes they are playing the right way and that the results will soon come.

"During the time I was out I saw the team developing and I feel like I've seen a lot of improvement," Cole told the Liverpool Echo.

"Revolutions don't happen in days and weeks, and I think the fans here understand there. They are very educated - they know what we're trying to do and how we're trying to implement a style of play. They know it's just a case of needing to be patient.

"The performances have been good and we deserved the three points on Sunday. Credit to Stoke because they battled away but we had the better of the play and created a lot of good chances. It's not often you hit the post four times in one game. It just wouldn't go in for us.

"It's very frustrating but we are all sticking together."

Cole's appearance against Stoke was his first at Anfield for 17 months, having spent last season on loan at Lille.

The winger insists he is fully fit again after recovering from a torn hamstring, and aims to challenge for a starting place in Rodgers' line-up after the international break.

"It was nice to get back out there and I thoroughly enjoyed it," he said. "You are always a bit nervous before your first game back, no matter how much training you have done, and particularly after my hamstring went twice and kept me out for eight weeks.

"But I feel good and I've now got two weeks of training to focus on while a lot of the boys go away on international duty. That time can only benefit me.

"In a couple of weeks, I will be a lot stronger and fitter. I want to help this club to get positive results and I want to help the manager and my team-mates."

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