Kenny Dalglish has revealed how Liverpool keep a watchful eye on their players lent to other teams, and believes that it won't be long before the Reds are reaping the benefits of the loan system in place at Anfield.
Jonjo Shelvey became the seventh player to leave the club when he joined Npower Championship side Blackpool last week, and the promising youngster wasted no time in making an impact after he scored a stunning free-kick on his Bloomfield Road debut.
Dalglish is adamant that each of the temporary deals provide a range of benefits for both player and club alike, and is confident that Shelvey's switch can have a fundamental role in the midfielder's development.
"It's helpful to everybody," he said. "Jonjo's a very promising player for us, but the difficulty for us is to get him a game.
"He needs games and it's a fantastic opportunity for Jonjo to do that. Blackpool have got a good quality player and it's educational for us because we'll get to see him play.
"It'll also be educational for Jonjo because he's playing at a good level with a good club - and another real bonus for him is he doesn't have to move house.
"It is important for us to use as many opportunities as we can to develop the players - if we can't give them games here, then we've got to look to get them playing somewhere else.
"The loan system has got various options to it that you can use it for. In Jonjo's case, it is purely for his development and benefit, and also for our benefit.
"There are benefits for everybody, but the most important thing is it is helpful for the players and if they can't get a game here, then if it's possible we'll put them out on loan."