Emergency loans may be scrapped

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The emergency loan market that Blackpool have exploited successfully in the past could come to an end.

It has been reported that FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, are to outlaw loans from 2014.

That would affect deals like the successful spell Jonjo Shelvey had at Bloomfield Road, which led to him being young player of the month in the Football League for November.

However, on the plus side, the transfers window rules could be relaxed, meaning more flexibilty than the current rigid system.

FIFA are conducting research into its feasibility.

Meantime, Shelvey has set his sights on becoming a regular in Liverpool’s first team now that he has returned to Anfield.

Shelvey said: “Kenny Dalglish has put a lot of trust in me, and I thank him for that, but I feel I’ve deserved the chance to start a Premier League game.

“I have done now and feel I took the chance.

“Obviously it is a tough job with the amount of internationals that are there.

“I’ve just got to take it day by day and train at my best and hopefully that will be good enough.”

Speaking about his loan spell, Shelvey added: “I think I’ve got a lot more confidence in myself with the way I’ve played, but I owe a lot to Blackpool in that sense.

“I asked Kenny if I could go away and get a few games and match fitness. He came up and watched a few games at Blackpool and I think in the ones he watched I didn’t perform very well!

“That’s the way it goes, but I did enjoy my time there and it’s given me the confidence to come back to Liverpool and fight back for a place.

“There is nothing worse than training all week and not playing on a Saturday or a Sunday. I didn’t want to come back and just play reserve football.

“I’m nearly 20, I want to play football and there’s nothing better than to do it for Liverpool.”

Dalglish was full of praise for Shelvey’s contribution in the recent win over Aston Villa.

He said: “He did really well. He must have been a bit nervous but he settled in very quickly. Last year when he came on a couple of times for us as a sub, he picked the game up quickly.

“It was natural progress for him this year to go to Blackpool and let him see how it was a little higher up than reserve team football.

“He did really well there for a few games and we thought it was right to bring him back.”

Shelvey believes some of Liverpool’s forthcoming opponents could be on the end of a hammering if the Reds continue to create the number of chances they are carving out at present.

He said: “With the chances we created against Villa, by the time the game finished we should have been at least four or five up.

“You are going to miss chances but, with the players we’ve got here, it is only a matter of time before we do hammer someone.”