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Adam not resting on laurels

Charlie Adam

Midfielder Charlie Adam is satisfied with the start to his Liverpool career but knows he has to keep on improving to maintain his place in the side.

The Scotland international has started every match this season - including the Carling Cup victory at Exeter - but competition for midfield places is strong and about to get stronger with the impending return of captain Steven Gerrard, who has been sidelined for six months after a groin operation in March.

"I'm happy with my form so far but obviously you want to do better," he said. "The manager makes that decision on whether he thinks you are doing well and deserve to stay in the team."

He added: "He gives you the confidence when it's needed and a rollicking when it's not.

"I'm happy so far but I think the results maybe could have been a bit better in terms of a couple more points but we have had a good start.

"We had a disappointing result at Stoke but overall I think we have done okay and can get better."