England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey recalls seeing his Reds team mate as a fan at Upton Park
Jonjo Shelvey headed his fourth goal for Liverpool on Thursday night, and had one of his boyhood role models to thank - Joe Cole.
Growing up in Romford, the England midfielder regularly watched his local team, West Ham United, and remembers seeing the precocious Cole, who would go on to become a team mate at Anfield.
Shelvey - playing in a more advanced role than normal - linked up with the 31-year-old for Liverpool's first half opener against Young Boys, and Cole, himself, netted the second.
It looked to have won the game for Brendan Rodgers' side until a late equaliser denied them victory.
And after the game Cole, who has 56 England caps, received praise for his performance in the Europa League tie from the Reds boss,
"It was a terrific pass to set up Shelvey for the first goal we got, and then obviously he gets his finish in the second," said Rodgers.
"He's still not 100 per cent but he was much better in the offensive part of his game. He was bright, he was clever in between people."
Cole impressed last season on loan at Lille in France, but on his return to Liverpool has been looking to carry on that form and become a regular in Rodgers' plans.
It has given Shelvey the chance to once again link up with his old Hammers' idol.
And at a recent England Under-21s get-together, the 20-year-old told TheFA.com what it's been like playing with the ex-Chelsea playmaker.
"Coley is a great player, he’s won so many honours, so his experience is great for someone like me who is trying to learn the game," he said.
"I remember watching him when I was younger, he was in the same side as Michael Carrick, Paulo Di Canio, people like that.
"My dad used to take every week, so I grew up watching him, he was a great role model."
Click on the links on the right hand side to watch some magical moments of Joe Cole in an England shirt