Aly Cissokho has spoken of his determination to earn a permanent move to Anfield, after joining on a season long loan in the Summer.
After getting injured against Notts County in the Capital One Cup back in August, he returned to fitness to cover for Jose Enrique’s own absence due to injury.
Now the French left back is looking to convince Brendan Rodgers that he is worth signing from Valencia on a long term deal.
“To start with, when you want to play in a team like Liverpool, you have to expect that there’s going to be high level of competition for each place, whether in central defence, midfield or in attack.” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Everyone in the team is disappointed not to be competing in European competition, and every player wants to give his best to ensure that the club is up there in the qualifying positions at the end of the season.
“The season is long, and there are a lot of matches to come. The coach makes, and will continue to make, his decisions, and it’s important to respect them so that the team can be in the best shape each Saturday.
“I’d say the English championship resembles the leagues I’ve known to date – very physical, high tempo, as in France, and like in Spain and Portugal, a lot of intensity, as with here, combined with technical football.
“It’s very engaged, and it’s non-stop. It’s surprising to see that even with those teams in mid-table, as well as those nearer the top of the table, there’s never a let up in the tempo, and they all play at the maximum level right up to the last minute of the match.”
The former Porto and Lyon man has been impressed with the club’s training complex as well as with life on Merseyside.
“It’s a great source of pride for me every day to be able to play with players like this and to represent a big club like Liverpool,” he added.
“It’s a source of pride for all the coaches I had as a youth player. Of course, I am very happy to be here and I hope to stay here.
“It’s a great city. We have a great training complex here, and we all have a lot placed at our disposal to get the best from each player, and that’s a good thing for me.”