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Joe Cole delighted after Liverpool debut

Joe Cole was delighted to make his Liverpool debut and insisted the team will be ready for Arsenal on August 15 despite suffering a 1-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladhbach in Sunday's friendly.

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A comical error by young defender Daniel Ayala gifted victory to the German side through Karim Matmour as Cole and his England team-mates Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Jamie Carragher made their first appearances for Liverpool after their post-World Cup holidays.

"It was lovely to pull on a red shirt. I really enjoyed it. I'm glad I got a run-out as I needed to get the legs going," Cole said in quotes reported by the Sun. "Nobody is firing on all cylinders yet but there were some good moments. The main thing we take out of it is the shape of the team and the organisation, which was good.

"It was a good workout. It was a hot day and pre-season is always difficult. There were no injuries, so everything went well. We have looked solid in all the pre-season games and we can build on that. We lost the game but the young lads who were playing got some good experience. While it's good to do lots of training, you need as many games as you can get and I am so glad I got through the 60 minutes."


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