Spearing set for Stoke match-up

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John Flanagan and Jay Spearing are looking forward to showing they’re worthy of a place in the Liverpool squad, as they prepare for a Carling Cup clash with Stoke City tomorrow night.

Both have been fringe players for the Reds this season, with Flanagan and Spearing making just three appearances each for Liverpool so far in the campaign.

And while Spearing says he has faced some disappointments this term, the 22-year-old wants to show tomorrow night that he should be given more chances in the line up.


"It has been a mixed season for me so far," Spearing told

"With the new players that have come in I haven't had as many chances as I would have liked, but at the end of the day it's down to me to keep working hard every day in training and show the manager I deserve a chance when the time comes.

"I have to look at the positive side of things. The boss has put me on the bench for every Premier League game so far and I have played in the Carling Cup games, so I can't complain about that.

"I've got to do everything I can in training to show the boss I am ready if he needs me to play against Stoke.”

Flanagan also believes that he can assist in Liverpool getting to Wembley, with the Merseyside youngster working hard to be selected alongside the big boys.

"It's been amazing being part of the Carling Cup run so far,” he said. “It would be great to help the club go all the way to Wembley. If I actually played some role in that it would be really special.

"Whether I play on Wednesday or not, I don't know, but we have to keep going and try and win those games. If we can get a first appearance at the new Wembley it would be fantastic for everyone involved with the club."

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