Liverpool starlets boosted under King Kenny

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Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing believes the appointment of Kenny Dalglish has boosted the young players at the club.

The 22-year-old has featured against Everton and Braga in recent weeks after recovering from injury, and is one of a plethora of youngsters who have become involved in first team activities since the arrival of the Scot at Anfield.

Spearing highlighted Martin Kelly as a player who has taken his chance on Merseyside, and notes that a group of players are challenging for a starting berth with the seniors.

"Look at Martin Kelly - he's had a nice run at right-back and he's deserved every game he's played," the midfielder told the official Liverpool website.

"Seeing him playing week in, week out as well as Danny, Jonjo and myself getting little runs - it gave us all a lot of confidence. Having the confidence and the backing of the boss gives you a boost."


A former Leicester City loanee, Spearing is again expected to feature in the Europa League tomorrow, and knows that a performance will be needed with the absence of skipper Steven Gerrard.

The inspirational midfielder is out of action for around a month, and the Wirral-born ace could be handed a lengthy stint in the side at Gerrard's expense.

"Obviously he's a massive presence in midfield but you've got to see it as a time for the rest of us to stake our claim, get a run in the team and show we're capable of coming close to what he's capable of doing," he concluded.

"Playing any sort of game in Europe or the Premier League improves you. They are chances for me to show the boss and everyone else that I'm capable of playing."

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