Jonjo Shelvey admits he sees his chance at Liverpool with Lucas Leiva out injured.

Ahead of Sunday's trip to Aston Villa, he is hoping for more opportunities.

"Obviously it was really unfortunate for Lucas to get such a bad injury and then for Jay (Spearing) to get a ban as well," said the 19-year-old in the Liverpool Echo.

"With a few players missing, there's definitely an opening there, but it's down to the gaffer whether he wants to pick me.

"When my time comes, I'll be waiting and ready to take my chance."