Liverpool's young starlet Jonjo Shelvey wants to add to the already deep competition for the midfield starting spots with the Reds.
Highly touted as one of Liverpool's top prospects, the 20-year-old hopes to break into a central midfield rotation that features Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Lucas, Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing.
Shelvey's chances might be boosted by the subpar performances of Adam, who is largely seen a bust since joining the Reds from Blackpool in a transfer worth 7 million pounds in 2011.
"It's a lot of guys fighting for three positions, it's going to be tough this season. But it's a challenge that I'm relishing," Shelvey told Goal.com.
Shelvey has already made 28 Premier League appearances for Liverpool since arriving from Charlton in 2010. He credits some of his development to watching club legend Steven Gerrard on the field, long admiring the England captain and now watching and practicing with the midfielder up close.
"Stevie's had such a big impact for the club and country, the way he plays in the midfield is magnificent," Shelvey said. "To be on the same team as him is great."
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Shelvey also believes himself to be a good fit with new manager Brendan Rodgers as the coach emphasizes ball movement and passing, both areas where the young midfielder has shown promise.
"It's been good because obviously, he likes to pass the ball around," Shelvey said. "It fits the way how I play and the way some of the other guys play, so it's exciting."
One other player who Shelvey insists is a good fit is Andy Carroll, who continues to be linked with a move away from Anfield. Rodgers initially said that he was interested in loaning away the England forward, even though his stance publicly has changed over the past few weeks.
Shelvey believes that Carroll can fit into Liverpool's new system.
"Obviously, I've only played with Andy a few times last season but I know what he's about [as a player]," Shelvey stated. "It's not down to me whether or not he stays, it's down to the boss but Andy is a great player. I think he can fit in."