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Liverpool's next Gerrard shows his quality

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Brendan Rodgers praised the swashbuckling display of Jonjo Shelvey in Liverpool's defeat of Young Boys, with the Reds boss claiming the youngster can be a 'big player' for the club.

Shelvey scored twice at the Wankdorf Stadoim as youthful Liverpool side fought back from 3-2 down to win 5-3 in a pulsating Europa League encounter in Bern.

The 20-year-old's first goal completed a free-flowing Liverpool move, while his second strike was reminiscent of his illustrious captain, Steven Gerrard.

Picking the ball up inside the Young Boys half, the young midfielder surged forward, outstripped the opposition defender and unleashed a shot from the edge of the area.

It was a performance of real maturity from the former Charlton trainee, and Rodgers is now expecting Shelvey to contribute to the Liverpool cause on a more frequent basis.

"He is still only 20 years of age and is developing and growing all the time and you saw his confidence when he came on," the Reds manager said after the game.

"His [first] goal, we worked it very well and he did what he can do very well and I think he will be a big player for Liverpool."

Liverpool went ahead in fortunate circumstances via a Juhani Ojala own goal, before Raphael Nuzzolo restored parity and Andre Wisdom headed the Reds into the lead once again.

Ojala made amends in the second-half before Gonzalo Zarate chipped Brad Jones to make the score 3-2, but Sebastian Coates levelled just four minutes later and Shelvey completed the turnaround with brace.

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Europa League
Jonjo Shelvey
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Steven Gerrard
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