After spending the 2012/13 season on loan at BL6 from Liverpool, Spearing put pen-to-paper at Macron Stadium in August 2013 after the two clubs agreed a fee for the midfielder.
Spearing had previously spent his whole career at his home-grown club Liverpool, apart from a brief spell at Championship club Leicester City in 2009.
A member of the Liverpool U18s squad that lifted the 2006 FA Youth Cup, defeating Manchester City in the final, Spearing captained the young Reds the following year as they defended their crown, this time lifting the cup after beating Manchester United on penalties.
Spearing made his competitive first team debut in December 2008, coming on as a substitute in a 3–1 UEFA Champions League win against PSV Eindhoven, before appearing in the Reds' 4–0 win over Real Madrid later on in the competition.
After breaking into the Reds midfield during the 2010/11 season under Kenny Dalglish, Spearing was an unused substitute as Liverpool won the League Cup Final in 2012, while he would start in the FA Cup Final later that season as the Reds lost against Chelsea.
But after the arrival of Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, the midfielder was allowed to leave the club on loan after finding himself down the pecking order.