In-form Aston Villa star Jores Okore thanks fans for support

Centre-back Jores Okore has stressed how influential the Aston Villa fans have been for him during his time at the club.

Aston Villa centre-back Jores Okore has labelled the fans as a big reason for his recent fine run of form on the club’s official website.

Okore, 22, endured a frustrating first season at Villa Park after arriving from FC Nordsjælland in June 2013 for around £4 million, making just four total appearances before rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a September match against Newcastle.

The promising defender returned to training during pre-season but remained on the fringes of the first-team over the first few months of the campaign, with Ron Vlaar, Philippe Senderos, Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Injuries at the back have since allowed him the chance to break into the line-up, however, and, after 10 impressive starts in 11 games, the in-form Denmark international has cited the club’s supporters as a big source of inspiration for him.

"The support I have received from everyone at the club - players, staff, fans - since I have arrived has been amazing. It makes me so happy,” he said.

"The messages I have received on social media are so positive. That was a big thing when I was going through my injury. It pushes me forward. It helps me build on what I'm doing."

Villa sit 13th in the Premier League table at present with 22 points from their 21 games and, with whispers of a relegation battle coming if they don't pick up their form soon, Okore is hoping that Saturday's home game against Liverpool will produce three points.

"It's a difficult game. It's always hard to play against Liverpool," he said. "They have great players but we have great players too. We should not forget that.

"We can go out there and really challenge them. We want to show what we can do."

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