Joe Cole

Kenny Dalglish will be patient with Joe Cole

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists Joe Cole will be given all the time he needs to rediscover his best form after a disappointing and disjointed start to his Reds career.

Johnson 're-energised' on the left, says Clarke

Liverpool coach Steve Clarke believes England right-back Glen Johnson has been revitalised by a switch to the left of defence. Johnson had a disappointing start to the season and looked well short of form.

The Knowledge, Bush Theatre, London

As the controversy over educational standards, free schools and tuition fees seethes on, the Bush Theatre marches straight to the top of the class for commissioning a mini-season on the subject of education. Next week sees the unveiling of Steve Waters' Little Platoons, about a group of West London parents who are driven to try and set up their own "free school". But the season kicks off now with The Knowledge, a punchy, appallingly funny play by former teacher John Donnelly which pitches us headlong into the kind of educational establishment that Waters' parents are frantic to avoid.

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Cole sorry for Liverpool penalty miss

Liverpool still have work to do to reach the Europa League group stages after Joe Cole squandered a chance to make their passage easier last night.

How Joe Cole ran out of luck on Ace of Spades road

The evocatively named Ace of Spades roundabout is a bleak confluence of asphalt and road signs, but for the authorities who enforce the variable speed limits on this stretch of the A3 in Surrey, the streets may as well be paved with gold.

Cole will not appeal three-game ban for debut dismissal

Liverpool have decided not to contest Joe Cole's sending-off during their tumultuous encounter with Arsenal on Sunday. The former Chelsea midfielder, who was making his Premier League debut for the club following his free signing earlier this summer, clattered into Laurent Koscielny and received a straight red card from referee Martin Atkinson.