Shelvey explains stepping down to Liverpool U21s
The midfielder has started the last two U21 fixtures after being mentioned as an England candidate earlier in the season.
"I just want to keep playing games because there's nothing worse than training all week and not playing at the weekend. It's a case of getting myself some games and keeping myself ticking over.
"I was told I was playing against United for the U21s. I thought it was because they were against a bigger team and they're doing so well, I might help the team get a win.
"After that, I said to Brendan: 'If there are any other games that fit in with the schedule, can I play in them?'"