Jay loves play­ing with Ste­vie

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last month, he is hop­ing to put him­self in the reck­on­ing for a start­ing place when his side head back to Wem­b­ley for the FA Cup semi-final.

Spear­ing, who cap­tained Liver­pool to two FA Youth Cups, said: “Ev­ery game I play along­side Ste­vie G is a mas­sive con­fi­dence boost.

Con­fi­dence

“With me play­ing game af­ter game, it brings out my per­sonal con­fi­dence and I am try­ing to show what I’m all about.

“From a per­sonal point of view it was a bit of a dis­ap­point­ment not play­ing in the Car­ling Cup final, but it is a team game and we all came through. Go­ing to the Car­ling Cup final with the first team was some­thing I al­ways dreamed of do­ing and go­ing there and win­ning was ex­tra spe­cial.

“The ex­tra bonus now is for me to be back on the pitch and win­ning some­thing again with Liver­pool.”

The cup runs have masked in­dif­fer­ent Premier League form and, although Spear­ing knows that tro­phies are im­por­tant, he ad­mits they have to im­prove.

Kenny Dal­glish’s side are well adrift of fourth-placed Arse­nal and qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the Cham­pi­ons League looks a re­mote pos­si­bil­ity.

But Spear­ing says it would be un­wise to fo­cus purely on the FA Cup. He added: “We have some mo­men­tum in the cup this sea­son and it is some­thing the club needs to be in and around ev­ery year.

“Af­ter win­ning the Car­ling Cup we want to get to an­other final and win some more sil­ver­ware.

“The con­fi­dence it brings to the club, not just the play­ers, is mas­sive and now we’ve had a taste of it we want more.

“The club needs to be play­ing at Wem­b­ley as much as pos­si­ble.

“But there are big games com­ing up and we need to pick up as many points as pos­si­ble to put pres­sure on teams above us.”

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