Martin Skrtel says he is very happy at the club and that the increased competition for a place is pushing him to consistently show his best form.
The Slovakian began the season on the bench having also spent the second half of last season on the sidelines, but an injury to Kolo Toure against Notts County opened the door for him to return for the game against Manchester United at Anfield in September, and he's remained in the starting line up ever since.
"After last season when I couldn't get into the team, this season has been very different so far" he explained. "I am very happy. I am playing every game and trying to do my best for the team."
Things looked bleak for Skrtel prior to that Manchester United game, not only was he behind Toure and vice captain Daniel Agger, but the Reds splashed out £25m on two other centre backs in Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori.
Skrtel appeared to be on his way out of Anfield, with Napoli repeatedly linked with a loan move for the 28 year old, but he's played his way back into the side and is looking to stay there. "Now I have to try to stay in the starting eleven" he explained. "It's up to me to keep proving to the manager that I deserve a place.
"There is real competition for places at the back but that's good for everybody. It's important because it pushes everyone to do better.
"You have to show what you can do every day in training and you know that if you don't perform there's someone waiting to take your place."
Would you keep Skrtel in the side or do you want to see Daniel Agger back in or perhaps a different combination?