Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is backing Blackpool to win promotion back to the Premier League.

The Seasiders face West Ham United in next week's playoff final.

"That time away from Liverpool really helped me come on as a player," Shelvey told of his loan spell at Blackpool.

"I benefited a lot from the games I got at Blackpool. It was good for me and I came back better for the experience. Playing week in, week out gave me that match fitness.

"It was a great club to play for and I hope they get promoted. It would be good to see them go up and get back into the Premier League.

"But the time there also made me realise just how much I want to be playing in Liverpool's first team.

"It's been a stop-start season for me but it's a great honour to play here."