Tuesday 10 July 2012

Shelvey pens long-term Liverpool deal

Midfielder extends stay at Anfield after breaking into first team last season

Jonjo Shelvey scored a brilliant goal for Liverpool against Chelsea at Anfield last season

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield.

The 20-year-old, who joined the club from Charlton for £1.7m in May 2012, put pen to paper on Tuesday, committing his future to the Reds under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

"The gaffer and his way of playing will suit me down to the ground"
- Jonjo Shelvey

Shelvey broke into the Reds first team during the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League season, making 13 appearances in the division and scoring a superb goal in the 4-1 win over Chelsea in May.

"I am really happy," Shelvey told Liverpool's official website. "Last season I was itching to try and push for a new contract. Now it's happened and I am ready to kick on again now.

"It's lovely to know I am in the plans for the future. At the moment, it's just about getting things right each day and proving myself to the gaffer here.

"The gaffer and his way of playing will suit me down to the ground and hopefully I can be in his plans."

Productive spell

Shelvey enjoyed a productive spell on loan at Championship side Blackpool last season and he says that time has enabled him to kick on in a Liverpool shirt.

"I think going away to Blackpool helped me a lot," added Shelvey. "It gave me some experience, I scored some goals and I came back a better player.

"[Former manager] Kenny [Dalglish] gave me a chance towards the latter stages of the season and I thought I showed what I can do.

"There are still things in my game I want to work on and I'm going to keep doing that. On the physical side of my game, I'm going to be in the gym every day - and I've got to speak to the gaffer to see what else I can work on."

Rodgers has been praised for the quality of Swansea's performances last season and their pleasing-on-the-eye style of play, and Shelvey believes the new boss at Anfield will suit his game.

"I think he's great. With all the passing drills he's doing, he's encouraging us to play all the time which is nice for a football player," said Shelvey.

"Instead of doing a lot of long-distance running and things like that in pre-season, everything has been with a ball, which is more enjoyable. Everyone is enjoying training and looking forward to coming in.

"Everyone is buzzing because he likes to play football. That's what people want to do and what fans want to see - nice, attractive football. Hopefully we can bring that to Anfield this year."

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Key Points

  • Jonjo Shelvey signs new long-term deal at Liverpool
  • Midfielder has committed his future to Anfield club
  • Shelvey, 20, broke into first team during last season