‘Proud’ Loan Star Wants To Stay At Liverpool

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Liverpool’s on loan defender Aly Cissokho is hoping to be able to secure a permanent deal with the club after saying that he is proud to be wearing the shirt, Sky Sports reports.

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The French ace has joined the Anfield club on a season long loan spell from Spanish side Valencia to provide competition for Jose Enrique in the left back spot.

And he has so far enjoyed his spell on Merseyside, insisting that he intends to work hard for the remainder of his time there in order to earn a permanent deal at the end of the season.

“It’s a great source of pride for me every day to be able to play with players like this and to represent a big club like Liverpool,” Cissokho told Liverpool’s official website.

“It’s a source of pride for all the coaches I had as a youth player. Of course, I am very happy to be here and I hope to stay here.

“It’s a great city. We have a great training complex here, and we all have a lot placed at our disposal to get the best from each player, and that’s a good thing for me.”

The 26-year-old knows that he faces a touch task to first win his spot and then keep it, but has insisted that he will do whatever it takes to establish himself, and he is relishing the physical nature of the league.

“To start with, when you want to play in a team like Liverpool, you have to expect that there’s going to be high level of competition for each place, whether in central defence, midfield or in attack.

“Everyone in the team is disappointed not to be competing in European competition, and every player wants to give his best to ensure that the club is up there in the qualifying positions at the end of the season.

“The season is long, and there are a lot of matches to come. The coach makes, and will continue to make, his decisions, and it’s important to respect them so that the team can be in the best shape each Saturday.

“I’d say the English championship resembles the leagues I’ve known to date – very physical, high tempo, as in France, and like in Spain and Portugal, a lot of intensity, as with here, combined with technical football.

“It’s very engaged, and it’s non-stop. It’s surprising to see that even with those teams in mid-table, as well as those nearer the top of the table, there’s never a let up in the tempo, and they all play at the maximum level right up to the last minute of the match.”

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