Europa League

November 22, 2012

Full-time

Liverpool

2 - 2

Young Boys

Group A

20:05 +00:00, November 22, 2012

Anfield, England

Referee: Alon Yefet

Cole laments Reds failings

Midfielder Joe Cole lamented Liverpool's failure to see out victory against Young Boys as their Europa League fate remained in the balance following a 2-2 draw at Anfield.

A youthful Reds line-up looked set to progress until Elsad Zverotic's stunning equaliser on 88 minutes grabbed a share of the spoils for the Swiss side.

That leaves Liverpool needing to take something from the final group game away to Udinese and Cole, who scored a goal and set-up another, believes they should not find themselves in such a position.

"It's disappointing. It was just the game management at the end,'' he told ITV. "We need to see the game out. Maybe we had a few young players on the pitch but we should have killed the game of. Fair credit though it was a good finish from their kid.''

While Cole was left deflated he could reflect on an impressive night personally in his third game back from a long-term hamstring injury. Cole set up Jonjo Shelvey's 33rd-minute opener with a lobbed assist across goal before he put Liverpool back in front with 18 minutes left.

The veteran midfielder's place at Anfield has been questioned in the recent past but he believes he still has a future under new boss Brendan Rodgers.

"Of course. I was a good players at West Ham, Chelsea and Lille and I think I can be a good player a Liverpool,'' he said. "I'm getting stronger with every game. It is normal that a player wants to play all the time.

"It was my third game back from a hamstring problem and I felt good. On a personal note it was quite good. The overall sense though is disappointment that we didn't see it out in the end. But the young lads especially have been terrific this year. We just keep going.''

Scoring Summary

Liverpool Young Boys
Jonjo Shelvey (33')Raul Marcelo Bobadilla (52')
Joe Cole (72')Elsad Zverotic (88')

Teams

Liverpool Young Boys
25 Pepe ReinaMarco Wolfli
23 Jamie CarragherAlain Nef
37 Martin Skrtel23 S Sutter
47 Andre Wisdom22 Dusan Veskovac
10 Joe Cole13 Elsad Zverotic
19 Stewart Downing33 Jan Lecjaks
Nuri SahinAlexander Farnerud
33 Jonjo Shelvey29 Raphael Nuzzolo
14 Jordan Henderson14 Christian Schneuwly
11 Oussama AssaidiRaul Marcelo Bobadilla
30 Suso19 Eulogio Zarate
Substitutes
Brad JonesLandry Mvogo 18
José EnriqueJuhani Ojala 3
16 Sebastián CoatesAlexander Gonzalez 2
Steven GerrardMoreno Costanzo 10
24 Joe AllenPascal Doubai 30
31 Raheem SterlingMathias Vitkieviez 7
Luis SuárezMichael Freyer Leciñena 20
Substitutions
Steven Gerrard for Andre Wisdom (31)
Juhani Ojala for Dusan Veskovac (23)
Luis Suárez for Suso (60)
Michael Freyer Leciñena for Raphael Nuzzolo (77)
Raheem Sterling for Joe Cole (75)
Mathias Vitkieviez for Christian Schneuwly (82)
Yellow Cards
Nuri Sahin (78)
Elsad Zverotic (89)
· Squads: Liverpool | Young Boys