Jonjo Shelvey can hit double figures in goals for Liverpool this season, claims first-team coach Mike Marsh.
The 20-year-old already has three to his name so far this term and his form was this week rewarded with a first-ever call-up to the senior England squad.
Marsh feels Shelvey's Three Lions call was fully deserved, and feels the midfielder will continue to go from strength to strength over the course of the campaign - finding the back of the net plenty of times along the way.
Asked whether the call-up was deserved, Marsh told Liverpoolfc.com: "I would say so, yes. He's started the season really well, got himself on the scoresheet and made himself a player of note with getting in and around the goal. He's done really well and has been rewarded for it.
"Jonjo isstill only 20, but he's shown a lot of ability and potential. If he fulfils it, he'll go on to be an international player for many years to come.
"He is a goal threat. He wants to score a goal - he's not happy just to sit there and let the play go on around him. When play develops, he likes to get into the box and he's not afraid to shoot. He's been a real plus for us this season.
"I would say he can reach doubles figures this season. He's an advanced midfielder on three goals already, and we're only just into October.
"If he doesn't get 10 goals this season I think he'll probably feel disappointed."
Marsh's take on Shelvey's England call-up was part of an in-depth chat he held with Liverpoolfc.com at Melwood, in which the Scouser also explained how the Reds' preparations for Reading are continuing despite the current international break, the performance of the club's youngsters recently, and Joe Allen's Welsh Footballer of the Year accolade.
Here's the rest of what he had to say in full:
Firstly, Mike, has this international break come at good or a bad time for Liverpool?
It doesn't really matter, to be fair. We know we're going to get international breaks during the season. If you've got a bit of momentum behind you and a couple of results, you normally don't want the break, but it's not too bad for the players to go away, play for their countries and come back refreshed for us.
In the week before the break, Liverpool produced three good performances - but they only yielded a win, a draw and a defeat. What's the key to finding that consistency?
I think the performances have been consistent; it's just about getting ourselves over the line. If we take our chances on a more regular basis, I think we'll see three points more often.
The performances must be providing some satisfaction. How happy are you with the progress the team are making?
I think everyone can see there is progress. Results haven't shown that yet, but I think it's just a matter of time. There are a lot of young players in the side at the moment, and normally you don't get a lot of consistency when that is the case, but the younger players have performed consistently well, the senior players are doing really well, it's just a case of us taking our chances.
Are there clear signs the squad is getting to grips with Brendan's philosophies?
It's a pass-and-move philosophy, so it's not as though we've come away from what we were. Liverpool played really well last year and we almost had the same problems in terms of being unable to take our chances. This isn't a massive change from what we were doing in previous years and we've got good players, so they've take to it really well.
Most players are away on international duty. What kind of work is being doing here at Melwood?
It's similar work to what we have been doing, but with different personnel. We had six U18s up on Wednesday, and we had lads up from the U21s on Thursday to make a group of 18, so the work has remained along the same lines of what we do when we've got a full squad in.
Do preparations for Reading continue throughout the break? What sort of things are done to ensure we're ready for that game?
It's just generic stuff, really, while we're waiting for the rest of the squad to return from international duty. They'll be back next Wednesday afternoon and obviously then preparations will kick in properly.
Jack Robinson was called-up by England U21s this week - a player you know well. How happy are you for him?
I'm delighted. I'm surprised he wasn't in the initial squad, to be honest. I asked him why he wasn't at the weekend and he wasn't sure, but when we came into training on Wednesday I was told he'd been called up. I thought it was just rewards as he's been playing really well. We had a game last week when he played at home [against Udinese] and he did really, really well.
He certainly wasn't overawed by the occasion against Udinese last week. How happy have you been with his progress?
He's been excellent - when he's been given an opportunity to play, he's taken it. It's difficult for Jack at the minute as he's behind the likes of Glen Johnson, who has been outstanding, and Jose Enrique, who has a bit of an injury. He's third in line at the moment, but he takes his chances when he gets them.
This is a real chance for Jack to stake his claim, isn't it?
You would think so, yes. Glen's more natural position is at right-back, but he's started the season at left-back - and in every game he's played, he's been fantastic. It's difficult for Jack to break in, but with the games we've had in the League Cup and Europa League, he's had opportunities and done really well.
Another full-back who has impressed this season is Andre Wisdom. What have you made of his form?
He's been outstanding. He looks as though he's played 200 - 300 games at right-back. We all know he's played centre-back for the U21s and reserves for the last few years, but he's settled in at right-back and hasn't put a foot wrong.
Have you been surprised by how quickly he's adapted to playing at right-back?
Not really, no. He's a really good player, he handles the ball well and you're never going to beat him in a race. Anyone who comes up against Andre will realise what a physical specimen he is. He's got plenty of power and pace, and he uses the ball well.
Is that one of the most impressive things about Andre - the fact he has come into the first team and doesn't look out of place?
He is not overawed by the situation. He's come in and handled it really well and produced some really good performances.
The U21s recorded a good win at Middlesbrough on Monday night. What did you make of it?
I thought we were outstanding in the first half and should have been two or three goals up. Adam Morgan scored a goal on the stroke of half-time to put us into the lead, but Middlesbrough were never going to come out and play the same way in the second half. They were playing at home, they added a bit more to their game and we had to be more resilient, but I think we were worthy winners.
You know the players well in that team - can you see a few more of them getting another first-team chance this season?
I think they'll all get an opportunity. Until we strengthen in the transfer window in January, I think the boss is quite keen to have players up here, have a look at them and see how we can utilise them.
Conor Coady has been training regularly at Melwood recently - what do you make of his progress so far?
He's been really good. His attitude has been fantastic. There have been other players who have been given a chance ahead of him and you think sometimes a young player might let his head drop - but he sees it as a challenge. He comes in and gives 100 per cent every day and his talent will come through.
He has yet to make his senior debut but was on the bench at West Brom. He's clearly part of the manager's thoughts...
Yes, he is. He was training down at Kirkby until recently. He came up here did a couple of days of training, the manager liked what he saw and he's now here on a permanent basis. He is making real progress.
Also this week, Joe Allen was named as the Welsh footballer of the year. A worthy winner?
I would suggest so, yes. He was up against some stiff competition in the likes of Craig Bellamy and Gareth Bale. To come away as the best player in your country against those types of players shows the progress he's made.
He's settled in effortlessly at Liverpool, hasn't he?
He has - but if you look at Joe, he's a Liverpool-type player. Our type of football suits him. He's come in and looks as though he'll be a good Liverpool player for many years to come.