Daniel Agger has revealed he was made "no promises" about his first-team place from Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez when he agreed to sign a new contract.
The Danish defender was involved in months of negotiations about a new deal last season, amid claims he had demanded a massive wage rise and assurances about regular first-team football.
Agger said: "In football you can't get any promises from the manager about when you are going to play, and especially not at a club like Liverpool where we have so many talented players all competing for places."
He added: "I believe I am good enough to play regularly in this team and that is what I want to do."
The 24 year-old told the club's website, liverpoolfc.tv: "I believe this team, with the players we have, will be able to challenge for many honours and trophies over the next few years.
"I think I have a chance to play in this team, otherwise I would not be staying at the club.
"And I really like this city, and I like the people who live here. It's not the same as my home town, Copenhagen, but I actually really like where I live. That is important.
"I believe if you have a happy, settled and comfortable life outside the pitch then you're going to be a much better player on it."