Cissokho wants a regular Liverpool starting place - is he good enough?

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The on-loan left back has admitted that he is eager to nail down a place in the Reds’ starting XI.

Liverpool loan star Aly Cissokho has stated that he is happy to be at the Merseyside club and is eager to nail down a regular place in Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI.

The Valencia defender will spend the rest of the campaign at Anfield and has said that he has enjoyed his time in England so far.

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

"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.

"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."

Given Cissokho’s performances to date for the club, is he worthy of a regular starting berth in the Liverpool team?

In either of the Reds’ preferred formations, their bespoke 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2, the Frenchman will be up against Jose Enrique for a place in the team.

The Spaniard has not been at his best this term, but has a number of attributes that are beneficial to Liverpool. He is a threat going forward, links up well with his fellow team-mates, and can cut inside to become a threat also.

Cissokho has been workmanlike in his early days in England without really setting the world alight. His over-reliance on his left foot has been immediately apparent, and as such is reluctant to turn in-field.

He seems relatively solid defensively, maybe moreso than Enrique, but does not have the same delivery or threat in the final third.

Who Rodgers selects may well be dependent on the opposition, as Cissokho seems more adept to deal with dangerous attackers, while Enrique is the more enterprising of the two.

The Anfield crowd will hope to see more of Cissokho to see what he is capable of, but at the moment the left-back/ wing-back position is certainly up for grabs.

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