Jay Spearing says he is determined to make himself a regular in the Liverpool starting XI – and says Red boss Kenny Dalglish has given him the confidence to go and achieve his dream.
Spearing has found himself used only sparingly since he made his first team debut back in 2008, making just 16 starts since the turn of the year under Dalglish.
Lucas Leiva and Charlie Adam's successful partnership at the heart of midfield this season has left Spearing short of first team football, while the 23-year-old was sent-off when handed his first start of the year in the 1-0 defeat against Fulham earlier this month.
Now with Lucas ruled out for the rest of season through injury, Spearing insists that he will be doing everything in his power to show 'King Kenny' he is the man to fill the gap left behind by the in-form Brazilian.
“Kenny has given me a lot of confidence and has shown the faith that young local lads like me need to get a chance,” he told LFC magazine.
“But half of it has to do with myself as well; the effort I put in day in, day out. There’s a lot of stuff in training that not a lot of people see.
“The club that I’m at; it’s massive worldwide and the owners have come in and shown that they’re going to back the manager. Being at a club the size of this, it is always going to attract big, big players.
“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'."
Dalgish has recalled Jonjo Shelvey from his loan spell with Blackpool to give him more options in midfield going into the hectic Christmas schedule, but Spearing believes he can make himself stand out from the crowd in the only way he knows how.
“It’s the way I’ve been brought up because you don’t get much from life without hard work,” he added.
"My dad said to me that I had to take each day as it comes and prove every single day that I was better than the last one.
"The only way that I was going to get games was by working harder than anybody else in training; not necessarily show that I was better than anybody else but prove that I could compete and not be overawed; to show them I’m up for the fight.”