Jack Hobbs is delighted with his progress at Liverpool this season.
The young centre-half has enjoyed Carling Cup action so far this term but he's hoping the Reds' elimination from that competition doesn't spell the end of his chances of further staking a claim for a regular place in the manager's Anfield plans.
"I think it's been a year of progress for me so far," he told liverpoolfc.tv. "In the summer I wanted to try and force myself into the squad and get some time on the pitch and that's happened.
"The important thing for me is to keep playing well for the reserves and show the manager what I can do. Things are going well with the reserves, we're winning games and are top of the league so that can only help.
"The Carling Cup games were a great experience. To play against Fowler at Anfield was incredible and then to get selected for the away game at Chelsea was a great confidence booster.
"There are world class players all over the place here so I know it's going to be difficult to break into the team but all I can do is keep trying. I work as hard as I can every day in training and look to make progress."