Spearing back for Blackburn clash

Jay Spearing is back in contention for a starting place against Blackburn at Anfield after his three match ban comes to an end, The Liverpool Echo<7i> reports.

The Reds midfielder was dismissed against Fulham earlier this month for a strong tackle on Moussa Dembele. Spearing’s red card was harsh and T V replays show he clearly won the ball. Liverpool did not appeal the suspension and Spearing had to sit out wins over QPR and Aston Villa, as well as Wednesday night’s draw with Wigan. Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish believes Spearing does not have to prove himself again following suspension and could be back in the starting line-up.

Dalglish said: ‘It was disappointing to lose him (Spearing) as the wee man was doing really well. He’s served his punishment and is back in after his three games. Maybe that’s an advantage of the games coming quite quickly – the suspension never lasted that long. Jay’s got nothing to prove to us – we know what he can do, we know what he’s about and he’s done very well for us in the past. There is no reason to think he’s not going to do well for us in the future’.

The Liverpool boss has also told his midfielder to keep playing the way he did before the suspension. Spearing is known for his tough-tackling, combative approach and Dalglish wants more of the same when the midfielder returns to action. Liverpool will be looking to win back-to-back home games for only the second time this season when they take on Rovers.

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