Shelvey sweet on Dalglish youth policy

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Kenny Dalglish's willingness to hand first team opportunities to a number of Liverpool's promising youngsters, has given renewed hope and optimism to many of Anfield's rising stars.

Since the January return of Liverpool's 'messiah', the Reds' squad depth has been utilised from top to bottom, with an impetus placed on young shoulders as Dalglish looks to the future by blooding up-and-coming talent.

Martin Kelly, Danny Wilson, Jay Spearing and John Flanagan have all profited from 'King Kenny's' youthful enhancement over the past weeks and months, with the latter turning in a sterling performance on his full Liverpool debut in Monday’s 3-0 win over Manchester City.

And the change in mentality is something that Anfield's starlets are thriving under, according to summer signing Jonjo Shelvey.

"Younger players are getting more chances now, which is good to see for the fans and good to see for us younger players. It gives us a lot of confidence," he said.


"When we do get a chance we've just got to show the boss and the fans what we're made of."

Shelvey returned to the Liverpool squad with a place on the bench in Monday's Barclays Premier League victory after just over two months out with a knee injury.

Although he never featured, the 19-year-old reflected on a great night at Anfield which saw Liverpool turn in their most comprehensive performance of the season.

The night was made even sweeter by the impressive form of Spearing and Flanagan, who played starring roles to overcome City – providing further evidence of a collective desire amongst Liverpool's youngsters to make the most of any chance that comes their way.

"The young boys like John Flanagan and Jay Spearing did well," Shelvey continued.

"Flanno was superb - and what a game for him to come in for his debut.

"Jay's a very good player. He was one of the best players on the pitch. He didn't give the ball away, tackled and did well. It was a good all-round team performance."

Jonjo Shelvey
Premier League

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