Shelvey: Liverpool squad disappointed not to replace Carroll
Jonjo Shelvey reveals the Liverpool squad were disappointed by the club's failure to sign a replacement for Andy Carroll
Jonjo Shelvey admits Liverpool’s squad were disappointed by the club’s failure to bring in a replacement for Andy Carroll this summer.
The England international joined West Ham United on a season-long loan on deadline day, with Rodgers expected to bring in American Clint Dempsey or Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge.
However, the Reds failed to make any further acquisitions, leaving Fabio Borini and Luis Suarez as the Merseyside outfit’s only recognised forwards.
“As a team, when the transfer window passed we were all disappointed that we didn’t get to bring anyone in but that’s when we’ve all got to step up to the plate,” said Shelvey.
“We’re going to have to break down teams because we haven’t got a plan b. We can’t lump it up the pitch because we haven’t got the kind of player to do that. We need to keep being patient and keep working on openings.”
Shelvey, who moved to Anfield from Charlton Athletic in May 2010, started his first Premier League in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Saturday.
The Under-21 England international partnered Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen in the Reds’ midfield, with Shelvey conjuring four shots on the Black Cats’ goal.
And the 20-year-old revealed Rodgers views him as a regular goal scorer for Liverpool, with the youngster eager to add to his tally of two strikes for the club.
“Brendan Rodgers said he sees me as a goal threat and I had a few chances [against Sunderland] but I couldn’t score but hopefully it will come,” added Shelvey.