Kenny Dalglish has praised Jay Spearing’s efforts for Liverpool this season, as the Anfield club challenge for a spot in Europe after coming back from a relegation battle.
"The games he's had and the performances he's put in, that will give him confidence. It has helped him,” the Liverpool manager said.
"But he still [snaps around people's ankles] and we wouldn't want to take that away from him.”
Spearing starred for Liverpool during his youth career with the club from 1997-2008. After a loan spell with Leicester City in 2010, Spearing has returned to Liverpool and has been a shining light for a side who have endured a difficult year and difficult injuries.
"Jay's been fantastic in the games he's played for us, and that's a great lift for everyone at the club - to see someone like that coming through,” Dalglish said.
Dalglish also heaped praise on the players surrounding Spearing, but ultimately the midfielder has proven he will be a permanent member of the squad next season.
"Jonjo Shelvey was doing really well as well until he got injured, but now he's coming back in. Danny Wilson is the same and Martin Kelly too. They've all been really good for us this year,” the Liverpool manager said.
"But Jay has been the one who's done as much as anyone."
Injuries have been a big issue for Liverpool this season, with the biggest name out obviously being Steven Gerrard. But Dalglish believes that the back ups of offer for the Liverpool squad have proven that the Anfield club has great depth and will be pushing for trophies very soon.
"Any team in the world would be a better team with Steven Gerrard playing in midfield and we're no different,” Dalglish said.
“You feel for players when they're injured but when they are injured someone else steps up to the plate.
“It's to their credit that they've all stepped up to the plate. Not just Jay, all of them.
"We've got a few injuries and it's how we react to that that's most important to us. And they've done fantastically well in adversity.
"When you consider what happened on Sunday: we start without our captain, we lose our captain, we lose Andy up front, we lose Fabio. Then we've got 17 and 18-year-olds at full-back against English, French and Russian internationals, and it didn't faze them. They got on with it, accepted their lot and did the club proud."