Anfield starlet gives 'King Kenny' a glimpse of Liverpool future

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Liverpool starlet Jonjo Shelvey earned special praise from second string boss Pep Segura following the side's 2-2 draw against Manchester United.

The teenager played 90 minutes in an entertaining clash, and left an indelible mark on the clash at Anfield with a stunning 25-yard equaliser against the Barclays Premier Reserve League North champions.

Highly-rated Nick Ajose gave the Red Devils the lead before Shelvey levelled the scores. Joe Cole scored with a deflection to put the hosts 2-1 up, but Gabriel Obertan ensured the visitors got a share of the spoils.

It was Shelvey who took the plaudits in a Liverpool side containing Cole, Christian Poulsen, Danny Wilson and David Ngog though, with Segura hailing the former Charlton Athletic starlet.

"Shelvey demonstrated his quality and he had a fantastic game. He wants to grow as a player and play for the first team. He was focused and he was a good example for our young players," Segura told


"We could have won the game but maybe a draw was a fair result. Manchester United played well, sometimes we played well but we were disappointed to concede a late goal.

"It was a good experience for the young players to get the chance to play alongside the first team squad players and they will learn a lot from that."

Shelvey has had a handful of opportunities in the Liverpool first team, and with Kenny Dalglish proving already during his reign on Merseyside that young players will get their chance in the first team.

19-year-old Shelvey, who joined Liverpool for £1.7 million plus add-on fees in 2010, will be hoping for more opportunities in the future and will look to challenge for a regular first team place next season.

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