Have Liverpool found the new Steven Gerrard?

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Liverpool youngster Jonjo Shelvey certainly has a lot to live up to on Merseyside.

The 18-year-old joined the Reds from Charlton in the summer and has been backed to follow in the footsteps of an Anfield legend.

But what does Shelvey make of the comparisons to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard?

"It's not a burden," he told the official Liverpool website. "It's nice to be compared to people like that. If something's not going well, you can tell yourself, 'Come on, you're supposed to be the next whoever.' It's a bit of inspiration.

"It's nice to be labelled as that but you can't rest on what you've done. You have to be your own player, train day in and day out and try to become the best player you can."

Shelvey has identified Gerrard as a hero of his and has already shown glimpses of emulating the Liverpool star in just a handful of appearances in the famous red jersey.

The England under 19 international played a key part in the first of his captain's three goals as Liverpool beat Napoli last month, and the youngster admitted he was in awe of Gerrard's performance.

He added: "That game against Napoli just summed him up, his drive and his determination. He's the best central midfielder of all time, I think.

"I think he's the benchmark for young midfielders - he is for me. Everyone has someone they look up to but he's the one for me. Hopefully I can achieve half of what he's achieved."

Despite being able to play with his heroes in front of the world famous Kop stand at Anfield, Shelvey explained he simply finds the opportunity he has been given to represent Liverpool is the greatest honour he could receive.

"The highlight is just coming into training every day," he said. "It's a pleasure to get up in the morning knowing you're coming into work at Liverpool Football Club. It's an honour."

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