Shelvey ready for step up

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Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is hoping his return to Anfield can help kick-start his career on Merseyside.

The 19-year-old spent the start of the season on loan at Blackpool, scoring six goals in 10 games while at the Championship outfit.

Now having returned following the season injury to midfielder Lucas Leiva, Shelvey is keen to make an impression with The Reds, after a quiet start since his move from Charlton in 2010.

"I feel that the time I spent away from the club really helped me come on as a player," Shelvey said.

"But it also made me realise just how much I want to be playing in Liverpool's first team.

"It's so good to be back in and around the squad. I only got on for a few minutes on Saturday but it was really special to be back out there on the pitch in front of the fans. It's always a great honour to play for Liverpool.

"Kenny called me back and hopefully now I can show the gaffer what I can do. I've got to deliver day in, day out in training and try to force my way into his plans."

He added: "Obviously it was really unfortunate for Lucas to get such a bad injury and then for Jay to get a ban as well.

"With a few players missing there's definitely an opening there but it's down to the gaffer whether he wants to pick me.

"When my time comes I'll be waiting and ready to take my chance."

Shelvey's 10 game spell with the Tangerines included netting a hat-trick against Leeds United, one of many appearances that helped him establish himself as a favourite among the Bloomfield Road following.

"I really enjoyed my time at Blackpool and it's a great club," he said.

"I formed a bond with their fans and I really hope they get promoted.

"One or two of my performances were not all that but I scored a few goals for them and my game certainly improved.

"Playing regularly meant I was able to get my match fitness up and now I'm back I want to keep playing."

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