Stephen Warnock has been reassured by Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez that he still has a role to play at Anfield.
The promising left sider is currently sidelined due to a hernia operation but has nevertheless been to see his taskmaster in order to clarify his future.
Following the arrival of Brazilian Fabio Aurelio, who plays in a similar role, Warnock admits he questioned how often he would feature.
He has, though, now been told that there is a role for him at the Merseyside outfit and that Aurelio was brought to the club primarily as a midfielder.
"I did go to in to see the manager just to find out what was going to happen,'' he told the club's website.
"The gaffer told me he saw me and John Arne Riise as the main competition at left back because Djimi Traore has been told he can leave the club.
"I think Fabio Aurelio is seen as more of a left midfielder, but we'll see when the season starts. The main thing is hearing the manager say he sees your future at the club.
"I was a bit upset to miss out on the cup final and there were a few times during the course of the season when I was disappointed to be out of the side after I thought I'd played well but that's football.
"Now I'm just looking forward to the new season and challenging for a place again."