Liverpool full-back Aly Cissokho expressed his desire to join the Merseyside club on a permanent deal. 

Cissokho has already made five starts since signing for Liverpool in the summer, having replaced Jose Enrique when the Spaniard has been out injured.

And while it may only be early days in his Liverpool career, he has admitted he is keen to remain at Anfield beyond this season, having been impressed with his new home and the club’s facilities for its players.

“It’s a great source of pride for me every day to be able to play with players like these and to represent a big club like Liverpool,” said Cissokho.

“Of course, I am very happy to be here and I hope to stay here. It’s a great city. We have a great training complex here, and we all have a lot placed at our disposal to get the best from each player, and that’s a good thing for me.”

The well-travelled full-back, who has played in Portugal, France and Spain, is now focused on giving his best for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers as he works towards becoming a regular starter for the Merseyside outfit.

He is however under no illusions about the enormity of the task ahead, and he also tells of the players’ disappointment at not being involved in European competition this season and his readiness to play his part in taking the Reds back to where they belong.

“To start with, when you want to play in a team like Liverpool, you have to expect that there’s going to be competition for each place," added Cissokho.

"Everyone in the team is disappointed not to be competing in European competition, and every player wants to give his best to ensure that the club is up there in the qualifying positions at the end of the season.”

Liverpool make the short trip to take on city rivals Everton in yet another mouth-watering edition of the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

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