Liverpool defender Fabio Aurelio is determined to play more regularly under manager Kenny Dalglish this season.
The Brazilian has yet to make an appearance for the Merseyside giants mainly because of injuries and is below Jose Enrique and Jack Robinson in the pecking order at left-back.
However, the 32-year-old insists that he is ready to fight for his place in the starting line-up as he is now fully fit.
"I feel strong but when you don't have many minutes on the pitch then match fitness is not the same," he said in The Liverpool Echo.
"I've been available more or less since the Man United game. I've been training and waiting for the opportunity to have minutes on the pitch.
"When you're at a big club you have to be ready to take the opportunity.
"It's in Kenny's hands whether he decides if he wants to use me or not but my desire is to always be available."
Aurelio joined Liverpool from Valencia in 2006 but has struggled with injuries from time to time.
Reflecting on his time at Anfield thus far, the former Sao Paulo defender stated: "It's not easy to stay positive as I have a history of injuries and lots of problems.
"With time you get a bit frustrated as well. Sometimes it puts you down a little bit.
"Being a Christian helps me a lot to go through it and the support of my family has been very important for me.
"Every time I come back I feel like I'm able to do it again, which encourages me to keep fighting and keep looking for what I want, which is to keep playing matches and enjoying football."