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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Liverpool: Spearing Ready To Fight For Place

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.

Although 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

"The 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.

"I've just got to concentrate on myself, knuckle down and try to work hard to show the manager that, if needed, I'll be available."

In 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.

"I'm 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.

First on the agenda however is this month's tour of North America featuring friendly fixtures against Toronto FC, Roma and Tottenham Hotspur.

Spearing 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."

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