Shelvey relishing new season

BY foxsports • May 23, 2011

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."

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