Jay des­per­ate to stop Kenny splash­ing cash

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By FRANK MCCAULEY

LIVER­POOL mid­fielder Jay Spear­ing ad­mits he has to prove his value to the team in or­der to per­suade man­ager Kenny Dal­glish he doesn’t need to bring in re­in­force­ments.

Academy grad­u­ate Spear­ing was seen as the most likely man to fill the void left by Lu­cas Leiva’s cru­ci­ate knee lig­a­ment in­jury which has ruled the Brazil­ian out for the sea­son.

But the 23-year-old was sent off on his first Premier League start of the sea­son at Ful­ham last week and still has two matches of his sus­pen­sion to serve.

Jor­dan Hen­der­son filled in for the week­end vic­tory over QPR and Spear­ing knows he has to work hard to show he is ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing a long-term so­lu­tion.

“The club is mas­sive world­wide and the own­ers have come in and shown they’re go­ing to back the man­ager,” said Spear­ing.

Dream

“A club the size of this is al­ways go­ing to at­tract 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’.

“Kenny has given me a lot of con­fi­dence and has shown the faith that young lo­cal lads like me need to get a chance.

“But half of it has to do with my­self as well, the ef­fort I put in day in, day out.

“It’s the way I’ve been brought up be­cause you don’t get much from life with­out hard work.

“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 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 I could com­pete and not be over­awed, to show I’m up for the fight.”

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CEN­TRE OF AT­TEN­TION:

Spear­ing

FAITH: Dal­glish

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