Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is reluctant to place too much expectation on Jonjo Shelvey.

Shelvey's all-action showing on his first ever Barclays Premier League start at Aston Villa led reporters to quiz the boss about his impact since returning from a loan spell at Blackpool.

Dalglish said: "He did exactly what he has shown before for us. He came on last year as a substitute a few times and picked the pace of the game up very quickly so that he made a contribution.

"Part of his development and his progress was to look for a club that would be suitable for him to let him go out on loan and play regularly at a higher level than what we could give him here.

"So he went out, played at Blackpool and did well. He came back, we let him settle down and then gave him a run out. It was quite fortunate that he got in because Lucas is out, Jay got suspended and Steven was out. It was quite fortunate that the opportunity was there for him. But it was even more fortunate for us with the level of the performance he put in.

"We're just delighted to have him and he has every chance of having a really good career as a professional footballer."