Jonjo Shelvey has insisted that he moved to Swansea so that he could play more football and was in no way pushed out of former club Liverpool.

The England Under-21 midfielder made a £5million move to Wales in July and has started in each one of Swansea's Premier League games so far this season.

He only started nine Premier League games last term for Liverpool and competition in his position was tough - with the midfielder having to challenge the likes of Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva for a first-team role. 

"It's a big thing, trying to knock Steven out of the team," Shelvey told the Daily Mail.

"If you had a really good game, the next week you might still be out because the likes of Gerrard are coming back. Imagine that. And you can't argue with it - it's crazy how good he is."

Monday night sees Liverpool travel to Swansea and will almost certainly see Shelvey take on his former teammates.

And the 21-year-old is insistent that his moving to Swansea was motivated only by his ambition to play more football.

"Brendan told me I could stay there and see what happened. It really was my choice. I wasn't pushed," he said.

"But I wanted to play football. I would hate to be one of those sitting on my money.

"It is in my character, the way I was brought up. Even Brendan said, 'You're not one of these squad players happy to stand around'."

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