The young midfielder put pen to paper on a new long-term contract in recent days and, in an interview given to liverpolfc.com, the former Charlton player displayed obvious delight at the situation.
“I am really happy. 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.”
When asked to evaluate his last season and what he has learnt from being at the football club so far, Shelvey replied:
“I think going away [on loan] to Blackpool helped me a lot. It gave me some experience, I scored some goals and I came back a better player. Kenny gave me a chance towards the latter stages of the season and I thought I showed what I can do.
“Tactically I have become a lot better and technically too. When you’re working with people like Steven Gerrard and people like that, you’re learning things day in, day out and it’s an honour.”
The young midfielder spoke in glowing terms about the arrival of the new boss, his first impressions of Rodgers and the mood within the club:
“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. 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.”
The target for Shelvey now, as he says himself, is to try to force his way into the starting XI over the course of the season and show the fans and the boss what he can do:
“I want to get into the first team and be in the starting XI on a permanent basis. That’s going to be hard, but it’s something I’ve got to work towards.
“I’m buzzing to still be at Liverpool and I want to show the fans what I can do,” he finished.
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