Shelvey implies he's been made a scapegoat since Liverpool's defeat to Stoke

The England international has not featured for the Reds in the Premier League since the 3-1 defeat to the Potters and believes he has been made to suffer for the team's poor result
Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has implied he has been made a scapegoat since the 3-1 defeat to Stoke on Boxing Day.

Despite an encouraging start to the season in which he made 14 league appearances, the England international has yet to appear in the new year for Brendan Rodgers' team in the Premier League, only
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featuring in the third-round FA Cup tie with Mansfield and in a substitute appearance during the loss to Oldham.

The 20-year-old feels he has been blamed for the team's poor performance against Stoke, but has vowed to continue working hard and attempt to impress so he can force his way back into the starting line-up.

Shelvey, who was speaking ahead of England Under-21s' friendly against Sweden on Tuesday, told reporters: "I played against Stoke and obviously I didn't have too great a game. I had a few personal issues that were going on in my life.

"I didn't think I was the only one that had a bad game that day but I was the one that suffered if you know what I mean.

"You just have to take it on the chin and work hard in training and try to get myself back in the team which I'm trying to do."