Jonjo Shelvey believes that Manchester United are in the driving seat to win the title after the side went nine points clear at the top of the table during the weekend, but he still believes that positives can be taken out of the season for Liverpool.

The Reds are currently seventh in the table, but after a promising performance at the weekend against Manchester City, in which they could have gotten more than a point for their efforts, the side are feeling particularly confident of a decent end to the season.

And Shelvey believes that Brendan Rodgers' philosophy is getting through to the players more than ever.

"Things have now swayed towards one of our biggest rivals in Manchester United but we are pushing for fourth spot so we are trying to win every game," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"We felt we deserved to beat City but I think the title has gone towards United. There is still plenty of football to go though.

"We are still going to keep pushing for fourth place. Brendan is starting to really get his point across and it is starting to show in our performances.

"We had a blip at Oldham in the FA Cup but in the last two league games against Arsenal and Manchester City we've played really well and deserved to get six points.

"There have been steps in the right direction. In the past few weeks, we've gone on quite a run in the Premier League."

Shelvey also insisted that Liverpool are privileged to have Steven Gerrard at the club to give advice and lead by example, as the club look to push for a top four spot.

Gerrard was voted as the FA's England player of the year, and the midfielder made a positive contribution to the side's win over Brazil during the week.

"Steven has been first-class with me ever since I came into the club," he explained.

"I've moved in next door to him now which is even better because if you need any advice, he is always there.

"I get to see him quite a bit. I've not popped around for a cup of tea yet but he is always welcome to come around for a game of pool.

"He is just a great role model to learn from. You can't say enough about Stevie. He does his talking on and off the pitch. He lives the life of a proper professional footballer.

"His performances have been first-class and he has been my perfect role model since day one and someone every young player can learn from. He fully deserved his England award."