Shelvey looking to push on


A productive loan spell at Blackpool has seen Jonjo Shelvey drafted back into Liverpool's first-team plans this season, after Lucas Leiva was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with a cruciate ligament injury.

After making his first Barclays Premier League start of 2011-12 in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, the 19-year-old midfielder is hoping to become a regular feature in Kenny Dalglish's side.

Shelvey turned in an eye-catching performance at Villa Park, repaying the faith shown in him by his manager, and now the Reds youngster is determined to build on that impressive display and become more than just a promising squad player.

"It was good to get the shout to play and hopefully I repaid the gaffer with the performance and I hope I'm worthy of starting the next game and hopefully kick on from here," he said.

"He has put a lot of trust in me, and I thank him for that, but I feel I've deserved the chance to start a Premier League game. I have done now and feel I took the chance. Kenny said I did well so hopefully I can start on Wednesday [against Wigan].

"Obviously it is a tough job with the amount of internationals that are there. I've just got to take it day by day and train at my best and hopefully that will be good enough."

Reflecting on his loan spell at Bloomfield Road, Shelvey revealed he was grateful for the opportunity to get some regular football under his belt, and now hopes to use the experience as a springboard for success with Liverpool.

"I think I've got a lot more confidence in myself with the way I've played, but I owe a lot to Blackpool in that sense," he continued. "I asked Kenny if I could go away and get a few games and match fitness.

"He came up and watched a few games at Blackpool and I think in the ones he watched I didn't perform very well! That's the way it goes, but I did enjoy my time there and it's given me the confidence to come back to Liverpool and fight back for a place.

"There is nothing worse than training all week and not playing on a Saturday or a Sunday. I didn't want to come back and just play reserve football.

"I'm nearly 20, I want to play football and there's nothing better than to do it for Liverpool."

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