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Spearing hails influence of Liverpool pair Gerrard, Carragher on young players

Jay Spearing says Liverpool senior pair Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher play a major role in bringing through the club's youngsters.

Speaking in this week's LFC Weekly, the 22-year-old says his development is in no small part down to the guidance of Gerrard and Carragher.

"They've helped all of us from the moment we came up to Melwood, never mind getting in the team," said Spearing. "As a defender Carra's particularly helped Flanno (John Flanagan), Jack (Robinson) and Kels (Martin Kelly), and as for myself and Jonjo Shelvey, Stevie's been there right from day one.

"He expresses what he thinks we need to improve on and we owe a lot to him for that help. I don't think you could ask for a better person to learn from than him.

"I'm just taking every day and every game as it comes. I can't be looking forward without knowing that Stevie is going to be coming back into the team as he's one of the world's greatest midfielders. But at the moment I've got to keep doing as well as I can and hopefully when he does come back, it won't be my place he takes."

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