JONJO Shelvey is likely to be loaned back to Blackpool – but only when Steven Gerrard has proved his fitness.
Shelvey hit six goals in ten games before Christmas and the Seasiders have been in contact with Liverpool about another loan stay.
They had hoped to finalise a deal this week but Gerrard’s hamstring injury, sustained while playing for England last week, has put the move on hold.
Seasiders secretary Matt Williams said: “We have been told that Liverpool won’t let Jonjo out until Gerrard is completely fit.
“Jonjo wants to come to Blackpool and we want him here, and we will keep stalking Liverpool until we get him!
“The physio at Anfield is a friend of mine and I will be sending him plenty of texts over the next week or so to check on Gerrard’s fitness.
“We are also in close contact with Liverpool’s director of football Damien Comolli and we hope we will be able to get Jonjo back at some stage.”
With a tough month of fixtures ahead – including tomorrow’s trip to Derby – Ian Holloway would like an extra body in his squad.
He said: “If I was going to get anyone in at the moment, I would try and get Jonjo Shelvey because we have already had him and I know what the lad is capable of. I really like him.
“He made a big impression when he was here and he wouldn’t have gone back had there not been an injury at Liverpool (to Brazilian midfielder Lucas).
“We’ll keep monitoring it and hope that we might be able to get something done.”