The local lad insists he's happy to compete with the ex-Porto star for a first team place.
"He's come in, staked his claim and looked very sharp. He's done very well against Manchester United and Steaua Bucharest, and he's going to want to kick on and play more games like everyone else," Spearing told liverpoolfc.tv.
"It's competition for me but that's the club we're at. Liverpool can go and buy players and no one's going to turn down coming to Liverpool. I've just got to keep working hard and hopefully break into the side."