CHRISTIAN POULSEN is eager to prove he has a long-term future at Anfield.
The Danish international does not intend to fall by the wayside as Kenny Dalglish rebuilds a squad capable of challenging for honours – because he can see the dramatic progress made at Anfield under the new regime.
“It was a really long season,” he said. “I came here in August and a lot of things happened during the season – we have got new owners and the manager has changed.
“The whole time the dressing room was really good during a season of a lot of changes. The atmosphere is always better when you’re winning games, but that is normal in football.
“In the second half of the season we found ourselves as a team and I am looking forward to seeing how Liverpool play next season because I think a lot of things have gone on this year, so if we can have more of a stable season then it will be interesting.
“I am sure Kenny is the right man to lead Liverpool to success in the future because in the short time he has been here, we have only gone one way – and I hope that will continue in the future.”
Signed by Dalglish’s predecessor Roy Hodgson from Juventus for £4.5m last summer, Poulsen made only three Premier League starts after Dalglish arrived and his last appearance in any competition was in the Europa League against Braga in March.
“Of course, I would also like to play a little bit more – and that is my hope for the future,” he added.
“To come to Liverpool and to play at Anfield has been really good for me, but I hope I still have bigger moments to come in the future that I will be able to talk about at the end of next season.
“I hope I can get closer to the starting XI. I have been training hard and that is my aim for the future.”
Poulsen was a 62nd minute substitute for Denmark in their 2-0 victory over Iceland in Saturday’s Euro 2012 qualifier.
Martin Skrtel, meanwhile, after playing every minute of every Premier League match for the Reds last season, missed Slovakia’s 1-0 win over Andorra on Saturday night with a minor thigh strain.
On-loan midfielder Alberto Aquilani sustained a head injury in Italy’s 3-0 win over Estonia on Friday night. He will now miss tomorrow’s clash with the Republic of Ireland.
Glen Johnson played 90 minutes as England were held to a 2-2 Euro qualification draw by Switzerland on Saturday.
Lucas Leiva and Dirk Kuyt went head to head as Brazil warmed up for the Copa America with a goalless draw against Holland. Pepe Reina played 76 minutes of Spain’s 4-0 win over USA while Raul Meireles played the full 90 minutes in Portugal’s 1-0 home victory over Norway.