Championship loanee tipped for Liverpool stardom

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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway believes midfielder Jonjo Shelvy will return to Liverpool a better player after his goal-laden loan spell at Bloomfield Road was cut short by injury to Lucas Leiva.

The former Charlton Athletic star scored six goals in his 10-game spell in the Npower Championship, including a hat-trick against Leeds United last month.

But Lucas' long-term knee injury, which will keep him out for the remainder of the season, forced The Reds to recall Shelvy, to the disappointment of Holloway.

"It is a shame he has had to go back, because Liverpool are playing exceptionally well and I had been hoping that might leave an opportunity for us to keep Jonjo until the end of the season," Holloway said.

"All I know is that Jonjo is a fantastic young man who has all sorts of ability. I have no doubts whatsoever he will be a top, top player.

"He is already at a top, top club and he had been helping us try to get back to where we want to get - the Premier League. He has improved in the time he's been here and that pleases me."

Holloway has experience of nurturing future Liverpool stars through at the Tangerines, with Charlie Adam spending two years at Blackpool before his summer Anfield switch.

Shelvy says he's enjoyed playing under Holloway.

"Also Ian Holloway is very different to previous managers I've had but he's been first-class with the way he's handled me," he said.

"I'm quite a feisty character on the field because I want to win, and he's given me a boost of confidence that I needed to take back to Liverpool.

"It's been a pleasure playing for him, and I think I'm going back fitter and stronger.

"I think I did well at the club and I hope I've given the fans something to remember."

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