Liverpool youngster Jonjo Shelvey believes he has what it takes to step up and fill the void left behind by the injured Lucas when the Reds go up against QPR at Anfield this weekend, as Ladbrokes report free bets on the weekend football.
Shelvey was recalled from his loan spell with Blackpool after Lucas suffered a season-ending Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury during Liverpool’s Carling Cup quarter final win over Chelsea.
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While Lucas endured a tough start to his career in front of the Kop but won the fans over and was handed Liverpool’s player of the year award last season, becoming integral to manager’s Kenny Dalglish’s side- Now in the absence of the Brazilian international, Shelvey believes he is capable of stepping up to the plate.
The 19-year-old also paid homage to Blackpool boss Ian Holloway, saying he believes the former Plymouth boss has helped him develop as a player.
“Ian Holloway is very different to previous managers I’ve had but he’s been first-class with the way he’s handled me,” Shelvey told Liverpool’s website.
“I’m quite a feisty character on the field because I want to win, and he’s given me a boost of confidence that I needed to take back to Liverpool.
“It’s been a pleasure playing for him, and I think I’m going back fitter and stronger. I think I did well at the club and I hope I’ve given the fans something to remember.”
Shelvy may be called upon this Saturday when QPR are the visitors to Anfield. Jay Spearing is suspended for the game, while Steven Gerrard is injured alongside Lucas, meaning the talented youngster may start alongside £20 million summer signing Jordan Henderson.
QPR face a tough task if they are to get any points off Liverpool despite the Reds inconsistencies of late, with Neil Warnock’s outfit unable to claim more than one win in their last 20 visits to Anfield.