Does Jay Spearing have a future at Liverpool?

Jay Spearing

Would you like to see Jay Spearing wear a Liverpool shirt again?

Jay Spearing is a player who started 15 games for Liverpool in the Premier League last season and someone who featured in Brendan Rodgers’ early Europa League plans this season.

However, he was quickly farmed out on loan by Rodgers at a time when Liverpool’s squad was very thing on he ground which questions whether he has a future at Anfield.

He’s playing on loan at Bolton in the Championship where he’s started 23 games and has come off the bench on one occasion - with one goal and one assist to his name.

This is a side that is just above the bottom places in the Championship having just gone down from the Premier League so the effect that Spearing has literally been having at Bolton is difficult to comprehend.

He very much seems like a Rodgers sort of player in the respect that he’s young and consistent. It could well have been a simple case of the boss trying to get him a little bit of first team action.

The other thing which suggests he may have a future at Liverpool is Rodgers’ willingness to give players a second chance. Other than Andy Carroll.

Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson are the two perfect examples of players who thought their Liverpool time was up. Yet, they were given chances in the first team and are now two of the most important players in the side.

The professionalism which Spearing has shown is also something that is going to impress Rodgers. 

He didn’t argue, throw his toys out of the pram or demand a permanent switch when the boss suggested he should go out on loan to an inferior league.

He’s gone to Bolton, got his head down and worked very hard to become a better player by the time he goes back to Liverpool. So he’s already started on his bid to reintegrate himself into the Liverpool team.

He is also a homegrown 'Liverpudlian' - and Rodgers has previously spoken of the importance of Scousers' in Liverpool's success. With Carragher set to retire, it might not hurt to have another in and around the squad.

Rodgers’ experience of having to use a small squad throughout the season is going to work in Spearing’s favour. When he goes back to Liverpool, it will effectively be like a new signing for them.

The addition of Philippe Coutinho means competition for places in the Liverpool midfield is higher than it’s ever been but there is clear light at the end of the tunnel for someone brought up on the club.

How do you see Spearing fitting in at Liverpool on his return?

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