Jonjo Shelvey eager to play a part in Liverpool’s crucial cup ties
Jonjo Shelvey wants to break into Liverpool's first-team for their FA Cup tie against Brighton and the Carling Cup final at Wembley
Jonjo Shelvey wants to be part of Kenny Dalglish’s first-team plans for a key month of fixtures for Liverpool, including the Carling Cup final against Cardiff City on 26 February.
Shelvey, 19, joined Blackpool on loan at the start of the season but was recalled by the Reds at the end of November after a season-ending injury to Lucas Leiva.
“I want to try and play in the FA Cup against Brighton and hopefully be a part of the Carling Cup final,” Shelvey told Liverpool’s website. “That would be lovely and something I could tell my grandkids about when I have them in the future!
“I just want to keep pushing on in training every day and try to force my hand. Hopefully I can get a few starts and come off the bench.”
Shelvey, who scored for Liverpool’s reserves with Dalglish in attendance on Tuesday, is hoping to play some part in Liverpool’s next game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
“Games don’t come much bigger,” he said. “I come on last year there in the FA Cup. It was a great atmosphere to play in.
“Hopefully I can be on the bench on Saturday, but we’ll have to wait and see. It will be a great atmosphere and we’ll have a great set of travelling fans there.
“It’s a stadium you want to play at, along with your Anfields and your Emirates. It was a dream come true to come on for the Liverpool first team at Old Trafford and getting a run out. It was a good experience, even though we lost.”
“Our record shows we’ve performed better against the bigger teams. We need to start winning more games at home and turn the draws into wins. Hopefully we can do that – I think it is only a matter of time.
“We are dominating teams, as you saw against Wolves last week. Hopefully we can start doing that at home.”