Ngog desperate to prove himself

Liverpool striker David Ngog has stated his determination to remain at Anfield this season and become a better player.

The 21-year-old scored eight times in 36 matches last season, bettering his tally of the previous campaign by two, but was asked to shoulder a huge burden with Fernando Torres out injured for long spells.

Ngog has shown brief flashes of his talent since signing from Parish St Germain two years ago for £1m.

His future at the club is uncertain now Roy Hodgson has taken over from Rafael Benitez and he has already been linked with West Brom.

However, Ngog is keen to stay and learn from his new English manager.

“I know speculation is part of football and we have to deal with it. If we bring in new players, it is good for the team,” he said.

“But I am a Liverpool player. I want to be involved in the first team at Liverpool,” he said.

“My confidence is good. Now I have to do my job and give my best for the team.

“I am more experienced now and I want to be involved, play as many games as I can and score goals to help the team win.

“The club had a difficult season last year but I want to prove we can get back into the top four. I am confident about this.”

Former youth team captain Jay Spearing accepts this could be a pivotal season for him too.

“With a new manager coming in I have thought this could be my chance to break in and become a solid part of the first-team squad and be regularly involved,” said the 21-year-old, who spent the latter part of last season on loan at Leicester.

“Obviously, at the end of the day it’s down to me whether that happens.

“If that comes, then it comes. But if not, then we’ll look at my options.

“But I want to break into Roy’s plans; I want to be involved and playing more games this season.”

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