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Liddle happy to play anywhere

4 October 2019

Walsall defender Gary Liddle is happy to play anywhere he is asked and believes having versatility in the team is vital.

Liddle has featured in a variety of positions already this season and has played a key role in the Saddlers recent upturn in form.

The 33-year-old feels having a small squad isn’t a concern for the Saddlers and says he’s comfortable playing anywhere across the backline.

“I’m a defender so whether it’s in the middle of a back three, centre-half or right-back, that’s where I’ve played my football over the last four or five years,” he said.

“I’ve filled in at midfield here and there which I’m happy to do. I’ve played there for various different clubs. Wherever the manager wants me to play I’m happy to do so as long as I’m playing.

 “If we can have as many players playing and being comfortable in many positions then having a small squad isn’t too much of a concern. We have players like Kins (Liam Kinsella), Zak (Jules) and I who have done that already this season.”

While he is happy to play anywhere Darrell Clarke asks him to, Liddle revealed the position he enjoys playing in the most.

“I enjoy playing centre-half, especially in a back three,” he stated.

“I played there in the Trophy against Coventry City and I thoroughly enjoyed it there.

“We’ve got a lot of good defenders at this football club but there’s not a position at the back that’s alien to me.”

Walsall host newly promoted Salford City at the Banks’s Stadium tomorrow with Liddle hoping to return to the starting XI after beginning on the bench at Crawley Town last weekend.

Liddle is expecting a difficult game despite their recent form and feels there isn’t a lot between all the clubs in League Two.

“It’s an open league as it is every season,” he commented.

“Everyone can beat everyone so it’s about finding that consistency and taking each game as it comes.

“They have well publicised owners and they’ve had a whirlwind few years with their promotions. It’ll be a difficult game as they all are, they’re probably not doing as well as they would have like to at the moment but it’ll be a tough game and one where we can hopefully keep our run going.”


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