English youngster has been paying for the under-21s of late.
Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey says he is desperate for more first-team football at Liverpool after an extended run with the club’s under-21 side.
Shelvey, 21, has made 16 Premier League appearances for the Reds this term but he has only started two league games in 2013.
More recent, Shelvey has turned out against Manchester United and Southampton for this club’s youth XI and the England under-21 international admits that he simply wants to be playing football.
“I just want to keep playing games because there’s nothing worse than training all week and not playing at the weekend. It’s a case of getting myself some games and keeping myself ticking over,” Shelvey told the club’s official website.
“I was told I was playing against United for the Under-21s. I thought it was because they were against a bigger team and they’re doing so well, I might help the team get a win.”
Despite Shelvey presence, the young Reds only managed a 1-1 draw against Southampton and a 1-0 defeat to United.
The former Charlton Athletic youngster has faced renewed competition for places in the Liverpool first team since January, with boss Brendan Rodgers reshuffling his pack to accommodate new signings Daniel Sturridge and Coutinho.
Shelvey admits that he’s willing to continue playing for the under-21 side and says the Anfield faithful should be exciting about the amount of young talent being produced by the club.
“Liverpool fans should be excited for the players that they’ve got coming through and hopefully they can progress and get themselves games in the first team.”
When asked who has impressed him most recently, Shelvey replied: “There are a few, the boy in midfield, Joao (Texeira) – I think he’s going to be a great player. Suso has dropped down and played well the other night.”
Shelvey has scored two Premier League goals in 44 appearances since arriving from the Valley in 2010 and spent the first half of last season on loan at Championship outfit Blackpool.