Jonjo Shelvey explains how Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish sent him some words of wisdom


Can Shelvey be a success at St James' Park?

Jonjo Shelvey has revealed that Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish phoned him to let him know he can become loved by Newcastle fans after his move from Swansea City earlier this week.

The 23-year-old was snapped up by Steve McClaren for around £12 million and could be set to make his debut at St James' Park on Saturday when the Magpies take on West Ham United.

While Shelvey made a name for himself at Swansea City, with his performances getting him into the England set-up - his first Premier League action came for Liverpool back in 2010.

After initially being signed by Rafa Benitez, Shelvey went on to play for Roy Hodgson and then Dalglish in the same season. Under Dalglish, Shelvey found some more game time at the Reds before leaving in 2013 to join Swansea.

With the midfielder now up in the North East, he's revealed that Dalglish phoned him to pass on some support and help him understand just how big Newcastle is, telling the Daily Mail: "I didn't realise how big it was. I spoke to Kenny Dalglish and he said I wouldn't realise how big it was. I have picked that up in the last two days.

"I got a phone call from him (Dalglish) last night when I was at the Metro Centre - I didn't realise how big that was either! He said: 'You have got bundles of ability, get yourself right and you will be fine and the fans will love you there.'

"He has been here and he has done that. What a thing for one of the best players in the world of all time to ring you and say that. It was a big thing for me.

"It was more of a big thing for my dad. it's nice that I am getting people ringing me like that but it is down to me now to kick on."

Shelvey was unveiled to his new supporters before the 3-3 thriller against Manchester United on Tuesday. With HITC understanding that Cheick Tiote is all but out of the door thanks to a proposed move to China, Shelvey will be looking to fit straight into a team which will have to show some fight to move away from the relegation zone.

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