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Wednesday 14 December 2011

Adam focuses on team success

Midfielder says individual displays not as important as wins for Liverpool

Charlie Adam is a key man in midfield for Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool

Liverpool's Charlie Adam says he is relishing the opportunity to shine in midfield for the Reds - but insists his main motivation is seeing the team succeed.

Kenny Dalglish's side have been in good form in the Barclays Premier League, losing just one of the previous 10 matches and they have also reached the Carling Cup semi-finals.

A series of home draws hampered their progress up the Barclays Premier League table and they have been hit by injuries to Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard, but in-form Adam said he was confident the team would continue to progress.

"The most important thing is the team and if we kick on now, we'll set ourselves up nicely for the end of the season"
- Charlie Adam

"Everybody has an opinion on how you play, but I just want to keep playing as well as I can," he told Liverpool's website.

"The important thing for us is the team winning - not any individual.

"You can't play well every week, but if you give 100 per cent Liverpool fans will back you no matter how well you're playing.

"That's what I try to do - if I give 100 per cent, then they know I am working hard for the team and that's the important thing.

"I've played every Barclays Premier League game and I've really enjoyed it, but as I said the most important thing is the team and if we could kick on now and get a few wins in a row under our belt, we'll set ourselves up nicely for the end of the season."

The 26-year-old is hopeful of starting Sunday's Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa - and pitting his wits against Villa boss Alex McLeish, who gave the former Blackpool man his break in football at Rangers.

"Alex McLeish gave me the opportunity to play there (Rangers), gave me my debut and put me on loan a couple of times as well. He's a good manager," said Adam.

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Key Points

  • Liverpool midfielder focusing on team success
  • Key man for Reds after injuries to Lucas and Gerrard
  • Liverpool lost one of past 10 Barclays Premier League matches