Shelvey seeks regular role
Having made his first Premier League start of the season at Aston Villa, Jonjo Shelvey is hoping to become a regular in Liverpool's first team plans.
Last Updated: 19/12/11 3:44pm
Having made his first Premier League start of the season at Aston Villa on Sunday, Jonjo Shelvey is hoping to become a regular feature in Liverpool's first team plans.
The teenage midfielder was drafted into the Reds fold by Kenny Dalglish over the weekend after impressing during a loan spell at Blackpool.
He repaid the faith shown in him by his manager by putting in an eye-catching performance at Villa Park.
With his time at Bloomfield Road having boosted his confidence and allowed him to take in plenty of senior football, Shelvey is now looking to build on that showing and become more than just a promising squad player.
He said: "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 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."
Speaking about his loan spell at Blackpool, Shelvey added: "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.
"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."
Dalglish was full of praise for Shelvey's contribution at Villa Park.
He said: "He did really well. He must have been a bit nervous but he settled in very quickly. Last year when he came on a couple of times for us as a sub, he picked the game up quickly.
"It was natural progress for him this year to go to Blackpool and let him see how it was a little higher up than reserve team football.
"He did really well there for a few games and we thought it was right to bring him back."