I want to stay and fight for regular Liverpool spot, says Jonjo Shelvey
Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey wants to stay at Anfield and earn a regular place in Kenny Dalglish's first-team
Jonjo Shelvey has declared his desire to hold down a regular place in Liverpool’s first-team after returning form his loan spell at Blackpool.
Shelvey was handed his first Premier League start of the season for Kenny Dalglish’s Reds in their 2-0 triumph over Aston Villa on Sunday after being called back from the Championship side early in the wake of Lucas Leiva’s season-ending knee injury.
And now he is back at Anfield, the 19-year-old, who was named the Football League Young Player of the Month for his impressive spell at Bloomfield Road, insists he is fully focused on earning his spot in the Liverpool line-up.
“The manager has given me a lot of confidence with the faith he has shown in me,” Shelvey told Liverpool’s website. “I want to stay at Liverpool now and help this club achieve some success this season. I don’t want to go back out on loan and I want to fight for my place.
“I will work hard and try and show what I can do. Even if I play for the reserves I will give 110 per cent because you have to do that every time you represent Liverpool Football Club.”
Shelvey admitted he was thrilled when he heard the news he would be starting at Villa Park – and described playing alongside Luis SuÃ¡rez as an “absolute honour”.
“I only found out I was going to be starting two hours before kick-off so it was a great feeling and I was buzzing,” he continued. “I was surprised to start but luckily for me it was my big chance and I felt I took it.
“I enjoyed it immensely. No disrespect to the lads I played with at Blackpool but to play up front with Luis was just an absolute honour for me. He is so clever and sharp and he made it easy for me.
“It was great to play a part in our first goal. I just tried to help the ball on and Bellers finished it which set us off. I thought we controlled the game and played well.
“It was great to get six points from the last two games and we want to kick on now and keep winning.”