Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is a great role model, says Jonjo Shelvey
Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey describes England and Reds captain Steven Gerrard as "a great model"
Jonjo Shelvey has hailed Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as a “great role model” for the club’s youngsters.
The 20-year-old has made two Premier League appearances for the Reds under new manager Brendan Rodgers this season, partnering the England skipper in midfield.
Shevley, who was signed from Charlton Athletic in 2010, revealed his admiration for Gerrard, hailing the midfielder’s impact for club and country over the past decade.
“When I first joined Liverpool, I went up to see what the place was like and have a good look around the training ground,” Shelvey told the Daily Mail.
“We were on the tour and I had just met Rafa Benitez, when I was told to walk into one of the changing rooms. All of a sudden, Stevie is standing there, waiting to say hello.
“I’d grown up watching him, so to see him in front of me I was thinking, ‘Jeez, is this for real?’
“A few months later we were playing against a great Napoli side in the Europa League. We were losing 1-0 and he came on and scored a hat-trick in 45 minutes. It was unbelievable. He’s the same off the pitch, a great man.”
Shelvey added: “Stevie is a great role model.
“He’s been doing it for club and country for years. The way he plays is fantastic and to have him as my captain is immense.
“He leads by example. It’s those times when we have been searching for a crucial goal and he’s dug in to get us out of difficulty.”