Shelvey relishing new season

Defeat at Aston Villa on Sunday meant the Reds closed with
successive losses to end their chances of securing a Europa League
spot – the first time they have not qualified for Europe since
1999. But Shelvey, whose involvement increased once Kenny Dalglish
took over from Roy Hodgson in January, reckons there are plenty of
reasons why they should be looking forward to the resumption of
action in August. “I believe next season will be a big one for
Liverpool,” said the 19-year-old. “I think with the way we were
ending the season, apart from our last two games, the fans have got
to be very optimistic about the future. “There is always big
expectation about Liverpool but we have got Dalglish in charge and
I’m confident about next season. “There is a buzz about the club
under Kenny and it shows in every game we play. “It’s just immense
for me to be working with someone like him. “We are disappointed we
didn’t qualify because playing in Europe is a great experience for
the young players and it’s also a great chance to prove yourself to
the manager. “I got the chance to play in the Europa League this
season and I enjoyed it. “I heard some supporters say they’d much
rather we weren’t in it because they want us to concentrate on the
league and I can see where they are coming from, but as a player
you just want to play as many games as you can.” Shelvey has
certainly exceeded expectations on that front, making his 21st
appearance of the season at Villa Park. Having joined from Charlton
last summer, he could not have anticipated seeing as much pitch
time as he has but he has enjoyed the experience. “To get the
opportunity to play for this club is the best thing that could
happen to me in my life,” he added. “I love the club to bits and
the words to describe the experience so far are unreal and a dream
come true.”