Liverpool's Javi Manquillo on what's required to get more opportunities

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Manquillo has hardly been seen during the second half of the season for Liverpool - ever since they switched to a new system

Liverpool defender Javi Manquillo may not have had many chances to impress in the first team lately but has been told that if he keeps working hard in training, he will get the rewards.

The young Spaniard has only featured on three occasions in 2015, twice in FA Cup ties and once from the bench in the Europa League defeat to Besiktas.

He told the Liverpool website: "The manager has said we have to work hard, basically. You can see the team is in great form and one has to do his best to get a chance in the starting XI.

"We've been playing very well in that system. I understand I have to adapt to it. I have been training hard and I need to keep doing that to be able to get more game time."

The defender, signed on a two-year loan from Atletico Madrid, certainly seems to be a player for the future, if Liverpool decide to make his loan move from the La Liga champions permanent in 2016.

At the start of the season, Glen Johnson seemed to be ahead of him in the pecking order, while Manquillo perhaps received more game time than Brendan Rodgers wanted him to have given that Jon Flanagan has been sidelined for the season so far through a knee injury he picked up during pre-season.

Manquillo has made a total of 19 appearances this season, and played in every one of Liverpool's competitions, but with the current system, it looks as though his opportunities will be limited somewhat as Lazar Markovic, Jordon Ibe and as recently as Wednesday, Raheem Sterling, started in the right wing-back role.

The 20-year-old did add, however, that the team is playing well, saying: "We're in great form and have been doing just fine on the pitch recently. I hope we can continue doing well towards the end of the season." 

It will be interesting to see if he does get many more opportunities between now and the end of the season as Liverpool are in a tough fight to get into the top four, while it's unlikely that Brendan Rodgers will make any significant changes as he targets the FA Cup.

It may be next season when he gets further opportunities, with Glen Johnson set to leave the club when his contract expires.

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