Pressure builds on McCarthy as Wolves gear up for Pool clash

Carl Markham

IT'S another brush with the bacon-slicer for Mick McCarthy at Anfield tonight, when the Wolves boss will try desperately to halt a slide which has made him the Premier League manager with the shortest shelf-life.

McCarthy will match wits with Roy Hodgson still confident in the belief that his players can find a way out of Wolves' current plight.

"They won't give up. There won't be anyone throwing the towel in or fearing that they can't get out of it. If you asked them they would all give you the same answer, that they are positive.

"They are very positive and come in with a good spirit -- and I still believe we can get out of trouble," claimed McCarthy.

He retains the backing of Wolves' main man Jez Moxley but patience is wearing as thin as McCarty's excuses.

"You have to try and find ways of getting a result but not by changing the fundamentals and the basics of what I am and how we do it.

"I've been doing it for 20 years and it's done me alright. I've had a fair bit of success with the teams I've had," he added, though there are Sunderland and Republic of Ireland fans out there who might disagree.

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has urged young midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to learn from his more experienced team-mates in order to become a Premier League star of the future.

The highly-rated 18-year-old was signed from Charlton late last season for £1.7million, which could rise to £3million.

He was fast-tracked into the first team squad thanks to Hodgson's decision to use fringe players in the Europa League.

That has led the England youth international making four Premier League substitute appearances. And while he has yet to really make his mark at this level Hodgson believes Shelvey has the quality to succeed.

"I haven't thought when Jonjo Shelvey plays a good game that it lifts him above Raul Meireles, Lucas Leiva or Christian Poulsen because they are good players too," said the Reds boss.

"What is good to see is that a young player we have invested money in is proving to be worth his money and is proving to be the future prospect we think he is.

"He is a confident young man but he's modest and he knows there is a lot of work to be done before he can hold his hand up and say, 'Look at me, what a good Premier League player I am'.

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"In players like Steven Gerrard (below) in particular, and also Poulsen, Meireles and Lucas he has people he can look at and say 'That's the benchmark'."