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Spearing happy Gerrard partnership looking sharp

Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing hopes his burgeoning partnership with captain Steven Gerrard can lead to another trophy.

The academy graduate has started the last two matches alongside the England international at the expense of summer signing Charlie Adam and the pair have dovetailed well.

Gerrard was full of praise for the 23-year-old after last week’s Merseyside derby victory and the two were in tandem again for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final win over Stoke.

Spearing knows he can learn much from his skipper and hopes to be able to continue to do so.

And after watching from the bench as the team won the Carling Cup against Cardiff last month, he is hoping to put himself in the reckoning for a starting place when the Reds head back to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final.

“Every game I play alongside Stevie G is a massive confidence boost for me,” said Spearing, who captained ’Pool to two FA Youth Cups.

“With me playing game after game it brings out my personal confidence and I am trying to show what I’m all about.

“From a personal point of view, it was a bit of a disappointment not playing in the Carling Cup final but it is a team game and we all came through.

“Going to the Carling Cup final with the first team was something I always dreamed of doing and going there and winning that was extra-special.”

The team’s cup runs have masked their indifferent Premier League form and Spearing knows the Reds must improve their standing in the table, starting at QPR tomorrow.

Liverpool are 10 points off fourth-placed Arsenal and qualification for the Champions League looks a remote possibility.

“There are some big games coming up in which we need to pick up as many points as possible to put the pressure on teams above us, and if they drop points and we keep picking up points you never know what can happen,” he added.