Adam out to prove himself at Anfield
Charlie Adam is determined to silence his critics, with the Liverpool midfielder vowing to prove he is not just a flash in the pan.
Adam was one of the stars of the Premier League last season, with his efforts for Blackpool earning widespread praise.
The midfielder's displays were ultimately in vain, as Blackpool were relegated, but they earned him a move to Liverpool.
Adam has moved into a much bigger pond at Anfield and is aware the expectation is far greater. His form has been patchy and he has admitted there is added pressure on his shoulders but he is looking to prove he can thrive in the spotlight.
"I hadn't played in the Premier League until last season and people judged me on how I performed for Blackpool," Adam is quoted as saying in Match magazine. "But I want to show that I can be a Premier League player on a consistent basis, and that I'm good enough to play for Liverpool.
"The expectation levels here are really different to what they were at Blackpool. We are expected to win every week, whereas that wasn't always the case last season. But having that kind of challenge is something I really look forward to.
"My family and my mum and dad are proud , but no one is as proud as me to be a Liverpool player. Not many people can say they've had the chance to play in front of the Kop every week with over 40,000 fans behind them.
"I come in every day with a smile on my face, and when you're sat in the dressing room watching all the top players walk in, you realise what you're a part of."
Meanwhile, Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher is in line to make his comeback against Chelsea this weekend after recovering from injury.
The defender has missed the last two matches, the win at West Brom and a goalless draw at home to Swansea, with a calf problem.
However, the 33-year-old returned to full training this week and is in contention for Sunday's trip to Stamford Bridge.
"Jamie has joined in training over the last couple of days and looked good,'' first-team coach Steve Clarke told the club's webstie. "He was out for a couple of weeks with a minor calf injury.
"We just made sure he took his time, recovered from it, and he's trained well these past couple of days. He'll be in contention for the weekend if there are no mishaps between now and the game.''