Reds winger up for competition

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Maxi Rodriguez believes that Liverpool have made great moves in the transfer window this summer, and the competition created for places in the squad will only be a positive for the club as they aim for Champions League qualification.

Liverpool have spent over £50 million bringing in midfield stars Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing, as well as keeper Alexander Doni and left-back Jose Enrique.


And while Rodriguez will be facing some tough competition to make it into the starting line up, the Agentine believes that this shows how much Liverpool’s standards and aspirations have improved.

"Healthy competition is always good," Rodriquez said.

"Competition for places is always a positive thing for the club and I think it's great that the signings who have arrived are of such high quality with a great level of skills and technique.

"It means the manager has to decide what he thinks is his best 11 but that is something he will decide and we will all be hoping we are in it.

"It's always nice to welcome new faces to the club and you always go out of your way to make them feel as comfortable as possible. They are settling in well."

While Liverpool started the season with a somewhat disappointing 1-1 draw to Sunderland, the side will be looking to pick up their campaign with a solid win against Arsenal on Saturday. And Rodriguez is well aware of just how important the first few games of the season will be as Liverpool aim to better their sixth position finish from last season.

He added: "I don't think you can stress enough the importance of the first few weeks of the season.

"If you can see yourself near the top of the table it's great and the confidence that gives helps you grow as a team and as a squad.

"It also means that the teams you are facing will maybe come to Anfield with a different attitude, perhaps showing more respect when they're coming to play against you.”

Despite the end of the season being some nine months away, the Reds are already thinking about where they’re going to finish and get into Europe again.

"I think at the start of any season your ultimate goal is to win the league and to come out as champions.

"If you can aim to achieve that then by the very fact that you are fighting for the title it will almost guarantee that you will be involved in the Champions League the following season.

"A team like Liverpool has to be battling on that level and have those kind of aspirations for the season."

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