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Andre Wisdom missed out on loan opportunity

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wanted Andre Wisdom to gain some more experience playing week in week out, but an injury to Glen Johnson on the penultimate day of the transfer window scuppered any plans.

While the England U21 international missed out on a chance to leave Merseyside this summer, he is keen to do anything necessary to become a regular starter at Anfield this year.

Wisdom told Liverpoolfc.com: "We've signed a few more defenders and it's obviously going to be harder to get a spot in the team. But I've been given some time to play - it's appreciated and it has been good.

"Every player just wants to play week in, week out. A loan was going to be the best option for me to get that, get the experience I need, keep fit and play every week.

"I was looking forward to it but that's football and injuries happen. Glen picked up a serious injury against Manchester United; he is recovering quickly.

"I was thinking about going on loan - it didn't happen as soon as maybe I wanted it to, but it's good that I'm still here.

"My objectives are to try to keep myself involved, whether it's playing or on the bench or having an input by coming on if I'm needed.

"And to try to keep improving every day because it's a great environment to do that. That's all I can keep working on.

"I'm determined every day. I come to training and work hard every day, giving all that I can. Hopefully it will lead me on the right path.

"Obviously I need experience - I need more games because I'm still learning. Maybe if I am to go on loan and get that experience I need, I can try to be a key player in the team."

Rodgers bolstered his defensive options over the summer by adding four defenders to his squad - Aly Cissokho, Tiago Ilori, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure.

With chances limited, Wisdom is keen to take his chance in any position, even if that is somewhere other than his preferred centre-back role.

"I just appreciate playing, if it's right-back or centre-back it doesn't really bother me," said Wisdom.

"I played most of my youth career at centre-back so I would say that's my position. But obviously if Brendan Rodgers comes to me and says I'm playing right-back this week, I'm not going to say 'No I'm not, I'm playing centre-back'.

"I'm just going to get on with it and do it. Hopefully I can give all I can in any position I'm asked to play. There's always a chance, even if everyone is fit.

"The manager makes us work very hard and if you perform well in training and show the right attitude when given an opportunity to make the position yours, he'll play you no matter what your age is.

"He showed everyone that last season and is giving opportunities this season also. It's great to be around the team and to be playing if I'm chosen or on the bench or in the squad."

The 20-year-old made his first-team debut for Liverpool 12 months ago, and will be hoping the increased competition for places in the senior side - following over £25million worth of defensive arrivals - will only enhance Wisdom's development.

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