Dalglish backs Shelvey to shine

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has backed Jonjo Shelvey to succeed whilst on loan at Blackpool, and has stated the midfielder is in his future plans.

The 19-year-old former Charlton man has found first-team opportunities difficult to come by since moving to Anfield, with a number of more senior players ahead of him in the pecking order.

Shelvey scored on his debut for The Seasiders in a 5-0 win over Bristol City, and Dalglish feels the loan move will benefit him in the long run.

I”t’s helpful to everybody. Jonjo’s a very promising player for us but the difficulty for us is to get him a game,” Dalglish told the club’s official website.

“He needs games and it’s a fantastic opportunity for Jonjo to do that.

“It’s educational for us because we’ll get to see him play and it’ll also be educational for Jonjo because he’s playing at a good level with a good club.

“It is important for us to use as many opportunities as we can to develop the players and if we can’t give them games here then we’ve got to look to get them playing somewhere else.

“It’s a chance for Jonjo to develop and push harder for a first-team spot here. We’ve put him out because we want him educated and to see him develop, not because we want to see him go. It’s purely progress for him,” the Scot continued.

Liverpool have also sent fringe players Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani out on loan to Lille and AC Milan respectively, but but both may still have a future on Merseyside.

“They’re not forgotten. We keep monitoring them so we know where we’re going.

“For Alberto it’s an opportunity for him to go back home and if he does well then they’ll purchase him.

“For Joe Cole it was a fantastic opportunity for him to go and play Champions League football and also in France, which is a league that I think will suit Joe down to the ground and he’s done really well since he’s gone there,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight