posted on Oct, 6 2004 @ 11:01 AM
Chris Kirkland is determined to prove himself as Liverpool's number one keeper - after manager Rafael Benitez promised him a run in the team.
The 23-year-old stopper has been beset by injury since his move to Anfield three years ago but returned to the starting line-up for the defeat by
Chelsea last weekend.
New boss Benitez on Monday revealed Kirkland will be given at least four games to build his confidence - but the former Coventry keeper is determined
to retain his place for the whole season.
Kirkland said: "I want to make sure the gaffer doesn't think he needs a new keeper.
"I've got to perform now, it's as simple as that.''
"When a new gaffer comes in you've got to prove yourself again,'' Kirkland added. "I want to make sure he doesn't see a new goalkeeper as a priority
when the transfer window opens in January or next summer.
"I've been out so much I've got fed up reading about myself having the potential to do this or that. All I've wanted is to play and show what I can
"When I was travelling with the squad back from European games, the boss told me I didn't have to play in reserve games if I felt tired, but I was
determined to be on the football pitch as much as possible so I could work my way back into contention.''
If he stays fit and plays, he is Englands No 1.