Smith sets sights on Socceroos left back spot

Liverpool fullback Brad Smith wants to make a home for himself on the left side of the Socceroos' defence after earning his second cap against the Saudis on Tuesday morning (AEST).

Smith made his international debut for Australia in the 2-0 loss to Belgium, coming on in left midfield, but was brought on in the second half in defence for the 3-2 win at Craven Cottage.

The 20-year-old replaced Jason Davidson at fullback at the 60-minute mark.

Smith told FourFourTwo the left back spot, held by Davidson this year and by Matt McKay and David Carney since the retirement of Scott Chipperfield, is his preferred position.

“I’m happy to play anywhere but I prefer left back,” he said.

“It was obviously a tough test (against the Saudis), every international game is a tough test, but I was just happy to get on the pitch in my more comfortable role of left back.

“The Belgian game was a bit more tough, coming on later, but I’m happy to come on in any position the gaffer wants me. I felt a bit more comfortable at left back and knowing the lads a bit more.”

Smith has made one Premier League appearance for Liverpool, in the Reds 2-1 loss to Chelsea last season, and joined Swindon Town on loan in August.

The Penrith-born player, who moved to England at the age of 14, played for England’s U-17s, U-19s and U-21s before switching his allegiance to the green and gold.

Smith believes the Socceroos were unlucky to let in two goals by the Saudis at Craven Cottage.

“We got the quick early goals and then we just carried it on and played well in the game but we were unlucky to concede two,” he said.

“It would have been good to keep a clean sheet.”

Smith is on loan with The Robins, the club of fellow Socceroo Massimo Luongo, until April when he turns 21.

“It’s going well,” he said.

“I’m playing left wing back there but it’s going really well.

“I know Mass (Luongo) who is there. It’s good that we came together, he helped me fit in with all the lads because he knows them all.”