JONJO Shelvey has revealed that former Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam played a key role in his signing for the club.
The 19-year-old capped a remarkable Seasiders debut against Bristol City by scoring from 35 yards.
He later acknowledged that Liverpool team-mate Adam was instrumental in persuading him to come to Bloomfield Road on a three-month loan.
The attacking midfielder said: “I had been to see Kenny Dalglish and asked if I could go on loan to get some games.
“I had read things in the paper and seen that Blackpool were interested, as well as a few other clubs.
“But I wanted to come here because it is local to Liverpool and has great fans. I spoke to Charlie Adam about it and he told me to come to the club.
“Charlie told me how passionate the supporters are and I witnessed that on Saturday – it was pretty thrilling to play in front of them.
“I am already looking forward to the next home match against Doncaster because I can’t wait to play in front of them again.”
Shelvey ran the length of the pitch to celebrate his goal in front of the North Stand, where his family and his girlfriend were seated.
In fact, he was traipsing round the shops with his better half when he learned he was joining the Seasiders last week.
“I was shopping with my missus and I got a phonecall from Ian Holloway. He said, ‘Have you heard the news?’ I said, ‘No’, so I rang my agent and he told me I’d be going to Blackpool.
“My missus was a bit upset at having her shopping trip interrupted but I’ve made up for it now by scoring for her!”
His goal was certainly one to remember. “It is definitely the furthest out I’ve ever scored from in a professional game,” he said.
“I try stuff like that quite often, though. I have tried lobbing the keeper from the halfway line a few times, and hopefully I’ll be able to do one of those at Bloomfield Road.
“The manager just told me to go and express myself, which is what I like to do.
“The day couldn’t have gone any better for me – it was perfect.”
Holloway, meanwhile, reckons he’ll have a word with Shelvey about shooting from so far out.
“That was ridiculous. I’ll have to tell him not to do that again,” joked the boss. I mean, if he can do that on a regular basis, then put him in your team, Kenny!
“Actually, Ken, don’t listen to me – you don’t want to put him in your team yet...
“Jonjo has been a star in the making for a long time, and sometimes when you go to a club of the size of Liverpool, where you are playing for a huge amount of money, it takes you a while to settle.
“He is frustrated he isn’t playing, so let’s give him some games. I was confident enough to put him straight in because I have been waiting for him.
“We tried to do it as part of the Charlie Adam deal and for some reason they (Liverpool) wouldn’t let us. But patience is a virtue. We’ve been waiting patiently to get him ever since.”