Liverpool star excited by West Ham test

10:11 08 December 2012

Jonjo Shelvey, Liverpool. Picture: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

Jonjo Shelvey, Liverpool. Picture: Mike Egerton/EMPICS


Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey accepts he can never replace top scorer Luis Suarez but he is ready to fill in for him on a temporary basis.

The Uruguay international, who has 10 Barclays Premier League goals this season, is suspended for Sunday’s trip to West Ham after incurring five bookings this season.

It leaves Liverpool without a recognised senior striker as Fabio Borini is still working his way back to fitness.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has used the Europa League to try to work out an alternative and although reserve team striker Adam Morgan has been given a run out his most likely option at Upton Park will be Shelvey.

The former Charlton player, who is Liverpool’s top scorer in Europe with four goals this season, was utilised in a false nine position in the 2-2 draw with Young Boys just over a fortnight ago.

“Luis is a world class striker so everything he touches goes in,” said the Romford-born Shelvey, who grew up supporting the Hammers and played for their youth team.

“I played there against Young Boys there and thought I did all right, I did a job for the team.

“It is difficult to adjust because you have your back to your opponent all the time whereas in midfield you can see in front of you, so it is difficult in that respect.

“It is a different type of fitness as well but I’ll be ready for it.

“You have to be aware of where other players are each side of you and in that respect I think I have got to do some work.

“But you play where you are told and it is always an honour to play.

“I’m excited because it is the team I supported but it is not an easy player’s boots to fill.

“West Ham are a good team and a different type to play against as they are a bit more direct that others in the Premier League.”

Related articles


Latest Newham Sports News

Yesterday, 18:15

Italian reveals chairman Francesco Becchetti made O’s players do double training sessions this week

Ollie Palmer

The Hammers left it late before Winston Reid thumped in the injury-time decider at the London Stadium


Sky Bet League Two: Hartlepool United 1 Leyton Orient 3

Alex Cisak
Yesterday, 10:00

Large number of schools were involved in competitive tournament in the local

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport


Show Job Lists


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Read more

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now