Liverpool lucky to draw thanks to Jonjo Shelvey goofs
Swansea midfielder apologises to fans after having a hand in all four goals in 2-2 draw
Swansea 2 Liverpool 2. The Reds dropped their first points of the season in a pulsating draw at Swansea but the share of the spoils was enough to push them back to the top of the Premier League.
They now lead Arsenal by a point while Swansea lie in 13th, a position that wasn't reflected by their fine start to last night's encounter. The Swans were one up after 87 seconds when Jonjo Shelvey scored just two months after leaving Liverpool for the Liberty Stadium in a £5m transfer.
But Shelvey's delight turned to despair when a wayward back-pass two minutes later presented Daniel Sturridge with the opportunity to score his fourth league goal of the season. The 21-year-old Shelvey goofed again on 36 minutes, this time gifting possession to debutant Victor Moses, and he drilled the ball past Michel Vorm to give Liverpool a 2-1 break at the turnaround.
But Shelvey hadn't finished for the night and midway through the second half he teed up team-mate Michu for an equaliser. Swansea had the better of the final quarter with Shelvey coming close to snatching a winner with a rasping free kick while Jonathan de Guzman also troubled the Liverpool defence.
Shelvey later apologised to the Swansea faithful, telling them: "I just want to say sorry to the fans for the two bad mistakes that gifted Liverpool a draw". Admitting that after his gaffes he had wanted to "go into a hole where nobody can see you", Shelvey added: "I showed a bit of character to keep getting on the ball…[but] I still feel I have given Liverpool a draw".
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup admitted it had been a strange match for Shelvey who had gone "from heaven to hell in just a couple of minutes" but he believed the youngster would benefit from the experience.
"I told him [at half-time] 'there are still 45 minutes, you have to learn from this and pull yourself together', and I think he did great," explained Laudrup. "He will become stronger out of this, his reaction in the second half was excellent."
Liverpool boss Rodgers also had kind words for his former player, describing Shelvey as "an outstanding young player, but he knows he has things in his game he needs to improve on".
As for his own side, Rodgers expressed his satisfaction at the result despite dropping two points. "I was disappointed with their second goal and then the momentum changed for the last 25 minutes and we had to show character and resilience," said Rodgers. "But we showed tonight our game is getting better and we have the character to get a lot of results." ·