Kirkland eager to get back into action
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The England Under-21 international was sidelined for four months after picking up a cruciate ligament injury in an FA Cup tie at Crystal Palace in January.
Kirkland has worked hard to regain his fitness and is ready to fight Jerzy Dudek for the number one shirt at Anfield.
"My season was ruined by that bad injury and in all truth it's been hard work to try and get back to peak fitness again. It's as much a mental battle as a physical one," said Kirkland.
"I know my chance will come again. I signed for six years when I came and I have four remaining and I don't intend to do anything else except playing for Liverpool, despite what the newspapers might say!"
The former Coventry shot-stopper admitted everyone at the club was disappointed by last season's showing and that they will be fighting to improve this year.
"We were sad in the end not to make the Champions League," added Kirkland.
"Although the Uefa Cup berth is fine, the aim is always to look forward at this club.
"I hope I can play a major part in next season's task of finishing higher and in winning a Champions League spot."