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Liverpool flop signs for Swansea City

Swansea confirm Shelvey signing (©GettyImages)
Swansea confirm Shelvey signing (©GettyImages).

After the news broke this morning that Jonjo Shelvey was due to leave Liverpool Football Club for Brendan Rodgers' old club Swansea City - few expected the deal to be completed quickly. 

However Liverpool - via their official website - have confirmed that the deal has been completed. 

In an official statement on liverpoolfc.com the club stated: "Liverpool Football Club have confirmed Jonjo Shelvey has completed a transfer to Swansea City."

Shelvey was one of the first signings made by Damien Comolli during his reign as director of football with the Anfield club back in 2010.

The club are looking to add a nucleus of home-grown British players to the squad following the end of the Spanish era at Anfield following Rafa Benitez's departure from the club a few months earlier. 

Along with Andy Carroll and Danny Wilson, Shelvey was championed as the future of the club and a long-term successor to Steven Gerrard - which even at the time seemed farfetched when you compared the two individuals' playing styles.

In fairness to Shelvey the young midfielder spent a significant amount of time during his spell with Liverpool on the sidelines through injury and it was only during the 2012-2013 campaign that the former Charlton Athletic midfielder was given a real prolonged chance in the first team. 

Rodgers was a real fan of Shelvey as was made clear in the pre-season documentary 'Being Liverpool'. 

However Shelvey's sending off and immediate reaction against Manchester United was a blow from which the midfielder would not recover.

Shelvey struggled to regain the faith of his manager and didn't spend a prolonged period of time in the team following the January transfer window where Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge were brought into the club.

Shelvey ended his final season at Anfield with 20 league appearances and one goal.

He will hope to be much more of a mainstay in Michael Laudrup's Swansea side as the Danish coach prepares to send his team into their inaugural Europa League campaign.

Shelvey made 69 appearances in total for Liverpool and the club concluded their official statement with messages of support for the player, "Everybody at Liverpool FC would like to wish Jonjo all the best for the future."

 

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