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Nov 7, 2013

Assaidi still sees future at Liverpool

Oussama Assaidi wants to graduate from the Capital One Cup to Premier League under Mark Hughes and prove he could still have a future at Liverpool.

Oussama Assaidi set Stoke City on their wayt to a Capital One Cup victory over ten-man Birmingham
Assaidi scored his first goal in English football against Birmingham.

The Stoke City winger, on loan from Anfield this season, has been instrumental in helping Hughes' side book a quarterfinal tie against Manchester United next month.

But the Moroccan international has yet to make a Premier League start for Hughes' side and he knows only forcing his way onto that stage on a regular basis this season, will give him any chance of remaining at Anfield next season.

The 2.5 million pound signing from Heerenveen barely figured last season at Anfield and knows his Liverpool future hinges on him making an impact with Hughes' struggling side.

"I am here for a year and after that I have two more years on my contract at Liverpool. I want to go back. I enjoy it there. It's a very big club. I played and trained with some of the best players in the world," Assaidi told the Stoke Sentinel.

"But I want them to want me back. If not, we will see what happens. Everyone wants to play at the highest level and if you are playing for Liverpool you want to stay. But a year is a long time and I want to show Stoke my quality.

"Last year was a frustrating season at Liverpool. I played in the Europa League and no-one can say I didn't do well, but I don't think I really got a fair run in the team.

"I feel I've played very well so far this season. In the beginning it was hard because I hadn't played for a long time. I needed match time and I will get better and better."

Dutch clubs enquired about taking Assaidi on loan this season but he is determined to make an impact in England, although he knows it could take patience for him to succeed with Stoke.

Hughes' new philosophy since taking over from Tony Pulis is taking time to have an impact and the club are struggling just above the Premier League bottom three and without a home win since August.

Assaidi is confident the new approach will prove a success, but admitted: "Of course we need wins. We started well with that win at West Ham, but if you make a big change it takes time to find consistency.

"Sometimes we will play well and may not get points. It's difficult, but in time you can see it will be for the better.

"If you see Liverpool in the first year under Brendan Rodgers it was also not so good, but now they are doing a lot better. That's like how the coach wants to play here and he needs time for everything to settle."

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