Liverpool’s Jay Spearing keen to prove his worth to Brendan Rodgers

Jay Spearing aims to secure a regular place in Brendan Rodgers' first team at Liverpool despite the prospect of new arrivals

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Spearing is competing with Gerrard for a place in Rodgers' first-team PA Photos

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Jay Spearing insists he is not fazed by the prospect of more competition at Liverpool after Brendan Rodgers revealed his plans to make a few additions during the summer transfer window.

The 23-year-old made his competitive debut in a 3-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League under former Reds manager Rafael Benítez in 2008 and has gone on to make a further 59 appearances for the Merseysiders.

Spearing, who captained Liverpool’s Under-18s to the FA Youth Cup in 2007, became a first-team regular last season, filling in for Lucas Leiva after the Brazilian suffered a season-ending injury against Chelsea in December.

The midfielder started 15 Premier League games and impressed after spending several seasons as back-up to captain Steven Gerrard and former Liverpool stars Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano.

“I’ve had to compete with the likes of Gerrard and Lucas,” Spearing to the club’s 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.

“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.

“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.”

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