PETER GULACSI is determined to grab his chance to shine in the absence of Anfield No. 1 Pepe Reina during Liverpool's pre-season tour of North America.
With Reina still on holiday following Euro 2012, Gulacsi and Brad Jones are the two senior shot-stoppers on duty, along with Academy youngster Danny Ward.
Brazilian Alexander Doni didn't travel due to personal reasons, leaving Gulacsi with the opportunity to move up the pecking order following his season-long loan spell at Hull City.
The Hungarian (inset) is set to be involved in tomorrow's opening friendly against MLS side Toronto and is eyeing the role of being Reina's understudy this season.
“It's great to be back with Liverpool and I want to show what I can do for the new manager,” he said.
“I think I really benefited from last season at Hull. For a young keeper it's really important to get some game time and I enjoyed it. Now I'm back I hope I'll get some opportunities.
“Obviously Pepe is still away on his holidays so it's a great chance for Brad and for me to get some minutes on the pitch.
“These tour games are really important to show the boss what we are capable of. I hope I can do well and that it will be enough to be the No 2 keeper.”
The goalkeepers are more heavily involved with the main group during training than under previous regimes.
“The boss expects the goalkeepers to be good with their feet and try to play which suits me,” he added.
“Training has changed a lot. The manager uses us as outfield players sometimes. It takes a bit of time but we are getting used to it.
“There are things I need to improve but I'm working hard every day to improve those areas.”
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