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Konchesky relishes Liverpool chance

Paul Konchesky believes signing for Liverpool is his last chance to play at the highest level but admits it is a huge step up for him.

Paul Konchesky believes signing for Liverpool is his last chance to play at the highest level but admits it is a huge step up for him. The 29-year-old left-back was brought in from Fulham before the transfer deadline on Tuesday but has had little time to get to know his new teammates as most have been away on international duty. Konchesky played the second half of Jamie Carragher's testimonial match on Saturday, in which Liverpool comfortably beat an Everton XI 4-1.

But he accepts things will be a lot tougher when he makes his full debut for real, possibly next weekend at Birmingham City. "I'm 29 and this is my last chance to play at the highest level. That is what Liverpool are and I am really looking forward to it," said Konchesky, who has been reunited with Roy Hodgson, his former Fulham manager. "It was a big factor [Hodgson] but Liverpool being a big club was a massive factor.

"I'm looking forward to getting a new lease of life and playing at a very high standard. I can't wait to pull on a Liverpool shirt in the Premier League, it is a massive club and it is a big step for me." Konchesky enjoyed his run-out in the relaxed atmosphere of a friendly but is looking forward to being able to bring success back to Anfield. "You look at the history they have got behind them it is unbelievable and there are some great players here," he added. "If we can bring that back to the side this year in something like the Europa League then this team can go a long way.

"The testimonial was a bit slower than the Premier League but it was good for Jamie. I'm glad all the players came back for him; they obviously respect him a lot and he is well respected within the team." Carragher, who hopes to raise £1 million (Dh5.67m) from the game and a gala dinner for his 23 Foundation, which benefits local groups and charities, is confident he will sign a new contract in the coming weeks.

"I don't think it has ever been in doubt," said the 32-year-old defender. * Press Association