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Shelvey relieved to repay Newcastle debt

Jonjo Shelvey says his central role in Newcastle United's draw against Liverpool was simply what he "owed" his team.

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Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey felt a responsibility to repay Rafa Benitez for restoring him to the starting XI in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

The 25-year-old was one of the best players on the pitch as Newcastle came from a goal down to retain their place in the top half of the Premier League.

Shelvey was exiled to the Under-23 side before making two substitute appearances as he returned from a petulant red card against Tottenham on the opening weekend.

But a 1-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend opened the door for changes and the six-time England international was delighted to play a part in securing an important point.

"I owed my team and I hope I've repaid them today. It is horrible being out of the team and even more when they are winning," Shelvey told Sky Sports.

"The gaffer showed a lot of faith to play me and hopefully I can repay that.

"[Benitez's] CV speaks for itself. He is a very detailed coach. It is great to learn from someone like that."

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After securing a point against Liverpool, Benitez declared himself satisfied with Newcastle's solid start to the campaign.

"If you see the points and see we are a promoted team then we are pleased, but against Huddersfield and Brighton we could have done something more," he said.

"We have what we have. We are happy with that."

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