Date: 27th July 2011 at 11:48am
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With the arrivals of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam to Liverpool this summer, there had been suggestions that Jay Spearing may be sidelined and probably even be sold this summer as he may not get as many games in the first team as he did last season. Spearing broke into the Liverpool starting lineup last season, largely due to Steven Gerrard being injured. But credit must be given to Spearing for ‘filling in the boots’ of Gerrard and doing very well.

The 22-year-old midfielder managed to chalk up 20 appearances for the first team last season and he will be hoping to add to that this coming season despite the arrivals of Henderson and Adam. Spearing has acknowledged that he has to step up his game this coming season if he wants to be party of the first team.

“I know I need to step up again and prove I can play alongside them or in front of them,” Spearing said.

The battle for midfield places at Liverpool is going to be interesting this coming season as for the first time in a while we have top quality competition fighting for a limited number of places.

“I’ve got more competition to fight against now but that doesn’t bother me,” Spearing added.

“When you are at a club of this stature you know that in the transfer window they are going to spend money on buying top class players.

“I’m delighted with the signings we’ve made. Adding Adam and Henderson to the squad is a massive improvement for us. They are both great players.

“From a personal point of view, I wouldn’t say them coming in puts extra pressure on me but it makes me fight more.”