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Football: Robbie joy at jobs for the boys.

Byline: SCOTT McDERMOTT

SCOTLAND starlet Robbie Foy believes new Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez can transform him into an Anfield regular this season.

The 19-year-old winger is adamant the Spaniard will give him his chance to shine alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard, Milan Baros and Djibril Cisse.

Foy has cemented his place in Rainer Bonhof's Scotland Under-21 side who lost 4-2 to Hungary last Wednesday.

But after a disappointing time under former Reds boss Gerard Houllier, Foy insists Benitez will give more youngsters an opportunity at Anfield.

He said: 'Benitez has been brilliant since he came and I think it can be a good move for the club.

'Like with all the young boys here the new manager spoke to me not long after he arrived.

'From his time at Valencia everyone knows he's not afraid to give youngsters a chance. And in our first league game last week against Spurs he put Steven Warnock on the park as a sub.

'I genuinely believe I can push on this season and have a real chance of making the first team. I think I'm close and it's only a matter of time.

'Scotland played me just behind the front two on Wednesday but I see my future as a wide player.

'Thankfully Liverpool play that way with two wingers so I'm hoping to get my break in the Premiership.'

During his time at Anfield, Foy always looked up to Michael Owen who signed for Real Madrid last week.

The Scot admits he was disappointed to see Owen go but believes it can be good for Liverpool in the long run.

Foy explained: 'Obviously we were surprised when Michael made that decision and it was disappointing for the club's fans.

'But it's a good move for him and will probably be a good move for Liverpool in the long term because he could have left for nothing next year.

'I looked up to Michael because he's a world class player. But I'm only 19 and can keep learning from the other great players at the club.

'The new boss has already told me I have plenty of time on my side. I have two and a half years left on my contract so hopefully in that time I can really progress and get myself into his squad.'

Foy knows he didn't perform at his best for Bonhof's babes in Dunaujvaros.

Robbie played in the hole behind the frontmen in the team's 3-5-2 formation and it clearly didn't suit him.

He said: 'It's hard to put into words just how frustrating it was. It's not as if we like going all that way to lose.

'Hungary were good on the ball and sharp on the break. They were putting it about a bit but that doesn't bother us because Scotland are renowned for playing in physical, passionate games.

'We maybe got a bit carried away and that's why seven players were booked. It probably didn't help our performance.

'I was disappointed with the way I played. I wasn't in my natural position and didn't get into the game enough.'

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