Liverpool defender Fabio Aurelio is ready to fight for his place in anticipation of another busy transfer window at Anfield this summer.

The 31-year-old Brazilian full-back has said he would welcome the arrival of any new signing that will improve the Reds' playing squad and is relishing the increased competition for places next season.

"Liverpool always try to keep their squad as strong as possible and it's always good to have competition," he said.

"If it's for the good of the team I'll welcome whoever comes in."

Aurelio remains optimistic about his Anfield future despite a season that has been hampered by a succession of injuries since he re-signed for Liverpool on a two-year deal last summer, and is determined to stake his claim for a place in Kenny Dalglish's starting line-up next year.


"My worries are about myself and making sure I'm fit and available.

"I believe I have the right ability to fight for a place in the team and I expect to be available more next season than I was this season."

Having completed a rare 90minutes for Liverpool in their final-day encounter against Aston Villa, Aurelio is confident the side can return to winning ways next campaign.

"It was a disappointing end but if you look at the second half of the season there has been a big improvement," he continued.

"We had a great recovery after Kenny took charge. Now we start with new targets for next season.

"With no Europe we have to concentrate on the league. That's the most important target for us next season and hopes will be higher."

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