"Any time in the first team is good experience for me," he told liverpoolfc.tv. "When you go to places like Villarreal and get to play half a game that's only going to help me improve and I'm enjoying it at the moment.
"It's all about picking up experience and getting minutes on the pitch and hopefully I will be given a few more chances.
"If you're playing with Xabi Alonso, Stevie G or Damien Plessis or whoever you know you have to raise your game and hopefully I'm doing that and showing the boss what I can do.
"Competition for places is part of the game and it's going to be the same if you're at any of the big four clubs so, like I said, I just have to step up my game and hopefully prove to the boss that I'm at least as good as any of the players he's bringing in.
"It is a challenge but that's what being at a club like Liverpool is all about."