Djimi glad to stay a Red

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Rejuvenated Liverpool defender Djimi Traore is delighted he remained at Anfield despite coming very close to leaving in the summer.

The young Frenchman had become frustrated with his lack of first team action at the club and was looking to move on.

Traore says that he was very close to joining city rivals Everton during the summer, until Rafa Benitez convinced him to stay.

The decision has paid off of late as Traore has been in great form in the last few games at left back - including a superb display in Liverpool's 1-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday.

"I was close to leaving, in fact I was very, very close," Traore told the club website.

"I told the manager I wanted to play first team football and he told me face-to-face that he wanted me to stay here because I would get opportunities.

"The season has gone well for me so far. I've worked hard in training and I always try to do my best in games. I feel as though I have done well but I want to keep improving. I have a place in the side now and I want to stay there.

"The most important thing though is that the team are also doing well. Last night's result was a great one for us.

"Everyone did their jobs well and played well and I think we deserved the points. Now we have to build on this victory and go on a winning run."