Jonjo Shelvey has returned to Liverpool from his loan spell at Blackpool and said that in boss Ian Holloway and veteran midfielder Barry Ferguson the Seasiders have the personnel in position for a serious promotion challenge.
The 19-year-old told the Blackpool Gazette: "Barry Ferguson is a top player and I didn't realise how much history he's got until I looked him up on Wikipedia! He's a great leader and a great player. You have to listen and learn from people like him.
"I've been in the game for three years and someone like Barry has dealt with being a footballer for his entire career.
"Ian Holloway is very different to previous managers I've had but he's been first-class with the way he's handled me. I'm quite a feisty character on the field because I want to win, and he's given me a boost of confidence that I needed to take back to Liverpool."