Dossena 'unhappy' with form

Liverpool full-back hopes to up his game to secure first-team spot

Dossena: Prepared to battle

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Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena has admitted he is finding it difficult to make an impression on Merseyside.

The Italian left-back signed for the Reds from Udinese over the summer and has competed with Fabio Aurelio for a place in Rafa Benitez's starting XI this term.

Dossena has recorded seven Premier League starts to date, amid Benitez's rotation policy, and the 27-year-old concedes he is eager to make a more improved mark at Anfield.

He said: "I am not fully happy with my level and, with Fabio in my position, the manager has the option of a player more in tune with the tactics of the team right now.

Demands

"18 months ago I would not have expected to be playing for one of the most famous clubs in the world.

"I do not have silverware in my collection in my career but signing for Liverpool I have a real chance to win medals in every competition we enter.

"There are new demands on me. At Udinese my place in the team was more secure than it ever will be at Liverpool, where there is so much ability in the squad.

"I must now get to a high level and maintain that, but first I have to battle to win selection. I am learning all the time. I knew that coming to Liverpool and a new league would improve me as a player."