Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing admits he has to prove his value to the team in order to persuade manager Kenny Dalglish he does not need to bring in reinforcements.

Academy graduate Spearing was seen as the most likely to fill the void left by Lucas Leiva's cruciate knee ligament injury which has ruled him out for the season. However, the 23-year-old was sent off on his first Barclays Premier League start of the season at Fulham last week.

Spearing still has two matches of his suspension to serve, but said: "It has always been my dream to play week in, week out so it's up to me to prove to the manager on a daily basis that when the transfer window does open and he has money at his disposal that he can look at a position like mine and think: 'There's no need to sign anyone there - we're pretty strong'."

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