Shelvey, 18, arrived from Charlton earlier this month in a £1.7m deal while schoolboy Raheem Stirling was tempted to join the academy from QPR for an initial fee of £600,000, with Benitez insistent that he wants new signings to 'know what it means to play for Liverpool Football Club.'
But the Anfield boss insists that this policy is nothing new, citing the signing of Glen Johnson last summer and the ultimately unsuccessful bid for Gareth Barry as further examples of his chase for the brightest English stars.
Homegrown: Liverpool's English duo Jonjo Shelvey (left) Glen Johnson (right)
He said: 'It is something that we have always tried to do. We tried to sign Gareth Barry, we did the same with Glen Johnson. That was always the idea.
'We have tried to bring in British players with the right mentality and the passion for the club.
'We want them to know what it means to play for Liverpool Football Club.'
Benitez added: 'Shelvey is an addition like that. We are trying to do what is best for the club. We have a long-term plan in place and we try to follow that.'
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