Czech striker Milan Baros,who was a peripheral figure at Liverpool last season, says he wants to stay at Anfield and fight for a place in the English club’s starting line-up.

Baros was the leading scorer at Euro 2004, netting five goals in Portugal but he has struggled to make an impact at Liverpool since joining the club in December 2001.

Baros told Liverpool’s website on Tuesday: “I have heard all the rumours about Real Madrid and Barcelona supposedly being interested in me and of course it’s nice to see clubs like that wanting you.

“But I am back at Liverpool now ready for a new season and I want to stay here and play as many games as I can.”

With the imminent arrival at Anfield of French striker Djibril Cisse, Baros will face even stiffer competition for a place this season.

“I have been at the club for two and a half years and so far I have had more disappointing moments than happy moments, but I want that to change,” Baros added.

“I know I can’t play in every game and I also know that we have other world-class strikers here like Owen and Cisse, but I will do my best to persuade the manager to keep picking me.”