Aurelio wants time on the pitch

Liverpool wideman Fabio Aurelio has confirmed that he is fit after recovering from his latest injury setback, and is eager to get playing time on the pitch for the Anfield outfit.

The Brazilian left winger or full back has been plagued with injuries since moving to the Premier League in 2007, but reveals that he is now available for selection.

“I feel strong but when you don’t have many minutes on the pitch then match fitness is not the same,” he said in The Liverpool Echo.

“I’ve been available more or less since the Man United game. I’ve been training and waiting for the opportunity to have minutes on the pitch.

“When you’re at a big club you have to be ready to take the opportunity.

“It’s in Kenny’s hands whether he decides if he wants to use me or not but my desire is to always be available,” he stated.

Aurelio’s chances of a starting berth in the Merseyside starting XI took a blow with the summer signing of Jose Enrique, but the South American is trying to stay positive.

“It’s not easy to stay positive as I have a history of injuries and lots of problems. With time you get a bit frustrated as well. Sometimes it puts you down a little bit.

“Being a Christian helps me a lot to go through it and the support of my family has been very important for me.

“Every time I come back I feel like I’m able to do it again, which encourages me to keep fighting and keep looking for what I want, which is to keep playing matches and enjoying football,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight