Joe Cole heaps praise on Liverpool youngster Adam Morgan

Joe Cole reveals his delight for Adam Morgan after the Liverpool youngster scored his first senior goal against FC Toronto

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Liverpool's Joe Cole has returned from from a season-long loan at Lille Photo: Soccer.ru, via Wikimedia

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Joe Cole heaped praise on Adam Morgan after the Liverpool teenager scored the equaliser in the Reds’ opening pre-season game against FC Toronto.

The former Chelsea midfielder, who has returned from a season-long loan at Lille, helped create Morgan’s leveller in a 1-1 draw with the Major League Soccer outfit on Saturday.

The 30-year-old is aware of the pressures surrounding local talent after coming through West Ham’s academy – and he was delighted to see 18-year-old Morgan net his first senior goal for Liverpool.

“I’m very happy for Adam Morgan. He’s a local lad and I know the fans thrive off seeing the young lads come through and playing,” Cole told Liverpool’s website.

“He’s a nice lad with a great attitude and great ability. He’s coming from a rich line of local strikers who have come through the ranks.

“He’ll never forget that moment and it’s nice that his father was there. It’s great. That’s what we all watch football for – watching the young guys come through and fulfilling their dreams. It was a great night for him.”

Cole scored three times in 32 appearances for Liverpool after the England international swapped Stamford Bridge for Anfield in June 2010.

And the playmaker was delighted to return to first-team action for Liverpool and he is concentrating on getting into peak shape for the new Premier League campaign.

“It’s lovely to get back playing. The first game is always the toughest. You’ve got to find your feet in new surroundings and obviously the main thing is to improve the fitness levels,” he added.

“It was nice to get a result and not to lose the first game. We came through unscathed so we’re happy.”

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