Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Aurelio & Dossena both looking to start

The Italian international hasn't started a game for the Reds yet this season but is hoping to change that when a much changed side play Leeds in the Carling Cup at Elland Road this evening.

Even Fabio Aurelio has set his sights on his first start of the 2009-10 season in tonight's Carling Cup clash at Leeds United.

"I am ready to play today, I am ready to play every game," said Dossena.

"The manager will decide who plays in every game but every player is ready to play every game.

"We are Liverpool, we try to win every competition, Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carling Cup, we try.

"If at the end of the year we get something then we are happy, but it is important for us to keep the mentality to win every game and every competition."

The Brazilian full-back, who returned to action with brief substitute appearances against Debrecen and West Ham, is delighted to be back in contention following his injury lay-off and is now hoping for a run out in the third round encounter at Elland road.

"I'm really happy to be back playing and to be part of the squad for matches again is great," he said.

"I hope to start at Leeds and I'm sure there will be opportunities in this game for players who haven’t been used in Premier League games much recently.

"Every opportunity you get you need to show something to the boss and I have to take this chance. Hopefully I can do my job and help us get through.

"We want to progress in every competition we’re involved in. The Carling Cup offers a possibility for us to win a trophy and we can't allow that chance to pass easily.

"It might not be the most prestigious competition but it's still very important to us and we want to go all the way."

Aurelio missed the whole of Liverpool's pre-season and the first five matches in the Barclays Premier League after picking up a knee injury while on holiday with his family in Brazil.

He admits it has been a frustrating period on the sidelines but is now eager to catch up for lost time.

"It has been a tough few months for me but at least I haven’t missed many games," he said.

"I've been training hard at Melwood and to finally get back out there on the pitch was a moment of happiness for me.

"My knee is fine now and I just need to build up my match fitness.
“I’m not yet back to the level I was at last season but the game against Leeds is a chance to get some more minutes under my belt.”

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