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Brunt flattered to see Liverpool taking an interest

By Stuart McKinley

Chris Brunt claims that the best thing about being linked with a move to Liverpool is that the speculation wouldn’t have surfaced if he wasn’t playing well for West Bromwich Albion.

The Northern Ireland winger is believed to caught the eye of Anfield boss Roy Hodgson after impressing in the first couple of months of his return to the Premier League and with Liverpool needing an injection of quality in their team they are sure to spend in January.

“Liverpool haven’t had a great start to the season and it’s easy to link people, but obviously it’s nice to be linked with a club like that,” said Brunt.

“It shows I must be doing my job right for West Brom. I am enjoying my football at the minute and I’m happy with my form.

“For a club like Liverpool to be linked is flattering, but I am enjoying playing for West Brom.

“You always want to better yourself as a player. If I was to do well enough at West Brom to get myself a move to a bigger club and progress my career that’d be great. We’re moving in the right direction, though, and I am probably playing as well as I have done in my career.”

Right now Brunt is concentrating on winning his 31st international cap, with Morocco in Belfast to face Northern Ireland tomorrow night.

Ask any Northern Ireland fan which of Nigel Worthington’s players has made the biggest impact at their club so far this season and the name most likely to come back is Chris Brunt.

Much of the praise for West Bromwich Albion’s impressive return to the Premier League — winning at Arsenal and securing a draw away to Manchester United — has come the way of the Belfast man.

Yet by common consensus there’s still more to come from him on the international stage.

“Playing week in week out at West Brom it’s a different style of football and it suits my game a lot better,” he says.

“I’ve been involved in a lot of good results. It’s difficult coming from one style of football to another, but for us to get the results that we have without going to try to outplay England, Spain or Italy. We’ve got to play a little bit differently.

“People may say we’ve punched above our weight, but every point we’ve won in qualifiers while I’ve been playing has been hard-earned and that epitomises Northern Ireland.

“I don’t try to play any differently and I don’t think I do, although I’d like to have more goals. I just try to do what I’m asked to do.”

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