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Javier Manquillo still fighting for Liverpool future

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Javier Manquillo admits he hasn't gave up on winning his place back in the Liverpool starting XI and is working hard to achieve his goal.

The Spaniard signed for the Reds on a two-year loan deal from Atletico Madrid last summer and was a regular in Brendan Rodgers' side in the early stages of the season following Glen Johnson's injury.

However, Manquillo has failed to impress his manager in recent months and since Liverpool switched to a 3-5-2 formation, he's been rarely used.

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The 21-year-old has made just 19 appearances for the Merseyside outfit, last playing in Liverpool's second-leg Europa League tie against Besiktas.

Manquillo has seen Johnson and Emre Can play on the right-hand side of defence preffered ahead of him this season, however, is still determined to become a regular in Rodgers' side.

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“Everyone wants to play, we are all fighting for our own position on the field and it is true I haven’t had the chance to feature since January," he told the Liverpool Echo.

But it doesn’t alter the fact I will work hard to get a game, whether it be the last game of the season or to be considered early on next season,

“That’s what we are here for, we are all here to fight for our place and that’s what I will be doing.”

In The Dark

Manquillo's last start for Liverpool was in January when his side were held to a 0-0 draw against Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup at Anfield.

During the early stages of his Reds career, he didn't perform too badly and looked he would shape into a decent player when he became established to the pace of the English game. Manquillo was solid defensively and, although not the strongest going forward, would keep width on the right flank for his side.

However, a change of formation seen him lose his place. Rodgers did try Manquillo at right wing-back, however, the Spain Under-21 international failed to impress, especially when on the attack.

Mistake?

In recent weeks, Rodgers has reverted to a traditional back-four. Can has occupied the role of right-back and as much as the German has impressed this season, he has not looked comfortable playing out wide. 

Can has been drawn to the ball and caught out of position several times each match which has given Liverpool trouble down the right-hand side. Every Kopite knows the potential Can has, however, it will not  be fulfilled playing at right-back and is much better suited in the middle of midfield or at centre-back.

As Liverpool have had little to play for at the back-end of the Premier League season, Rodgers could have gave Manquillo another try. Johnson is leaving the club at the end of the summer and it seems pointless playing someone who is out of contract and future plans.

Manquillo still has another season to save his Anfield career. Jon Flanagan is highly admired by fans and his manager, however, after an injury riddled campaign this year, he will to miss the majority of next season.

With Johnson leaving and Can likely to go into midfield following Steven Gerrard's departure, Manquillo could be given another chance.

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