Unheralded midfielder Jay Spearing has expressed his willingness to stay at Anfield and fight for his place under the new regime.
The 23-year-old made his debut back in 2008 and has gone on to make 52 appearances in total during his Reds career to date.
considered mainly as a backup during that time by a succession of
Liverpool managers, Spearing is hopeful he can overcome the competition
for places and impress new boss Brendan Rodgers.
"I've had to compete with Stevie (Gerrard) and Lucas (Leiva)," Spearing explained to the club's official website Liverpoolfc.com.
likes of Xabi Alonso have been here and Javier Mascherano and we
could probably go on for a long time about the number of players who have played in a similar position as me.
just got to concentrate on myself, knuckle down and try to work hard to
show the manager that, if needed, I'll be available."
addition to the personnel already at the club, which also includes
Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson, Wallasey born Spearing acknowledged
that there is likely to be new signings who could make his chances of featuring even tougher.
at a club which has a worldwide reputation and I don't think there are
going to be many players who are going to say they don't want to come to
Liverpool," admitted Liverpool's number 20.
"I've just been
lucky enough to play for my boyhood team, who I've always supported. New
players will come in; maybe some in the summer or maybe some in January
but I'll just have to stake my claim and show the manager that he
doesn't have to go and buy players in my position."
The first group of players, which included Spearing, returned to pre-season training last week as the club builds up to a new Premier League season that kicks off on August 18th with a trip to West Bromwich Albion.
on the agenda however is this month's tour of North America featuring
friendly fixtures against Toronto FC, Roma and Tottenham Hotspur.
seemingly cannot wait to get going and reaffirmed his hopes of
providing Rodgers with food for thought: "We've all got to knuckle down
and show the new manager exactly what we're capable of doing and we want
to fight for our places.
"It's a new start and we're all working
hard in each training session that we get and all the players are
looking forward to the challenge. We've got four weeks now to get
ourselves ready and we'll go into the pre-season to try and get some fitness."