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"In many ways, it feels like it’s only the beginning of the season for me. I’m just getting started. I’m really looking forward to playing as many games as possible and, hopefully, helping the team win another Premier League trophy."

- Rafael

30/01/2012 09:30, Report by G Thompson, N Coppack

Rafael raring to go

The Reds may be gearing up for a critical run of games with the season's climax gradually coming into view, but for defender Rafael it feels like the campaign is only just beginning.

The right-back has spent much of this term in the treatment room with a spate of injuries which have majorly limited his opportunities.

The Brazilian, who featured regularly last season, has made just six appearances, including just two starts in the league, and, as he tells the Stoke edition of United Review, he is keen to make up for lost time.

"In many ways, it feels like it’s only the beginning of the season for me. I’m just getting started," he admitted.

"I’m really looking forward to playing as many games as possible and, hopefully, helping the team win another Premier League trophy."

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