Liverpool lost a 'top class' player when they allowed Jonjo Shelvey to join Swansea, according to Matt Holland, who was surprised the Merseysiders sanctioned the midfielder's transfer.
Shelvey joined Swansea in a £6 million deal during the summer transfer window after deciding to pursue regular first-team football away from Anfield, and featured against his former club on Monday evening.
The 21-year-old opened the scoring for the Swans before inadvertently providing the assist for Daniel Sturridge to equalise, and then contributing to Victor Moses putting Liverpool ahead in the encounter at the Liberty Stadium.
Shelvey, though, later made another decisive contribution to benefit his own team, as his header allowed Michu to score, and ensure the game ended 2-2.
The former Charlton trainee was always popular at Liverpool - perhaps even more so now given his generous on-field contribution this week - and his departure represent somewhat of a unexpected summer move.
Brendan Rodgers has admitted he did not want to lose Shelvey and Holland, who played with the youngster in his formative years, believes the manager should have done more to keep hold of the young talent.
“I was surprised Liverpool allowed him to go,” the Charlton legend told talkSPORT.
“I know they got good money for him and perhaps they didn’t want to hamper his progress, because he needs to be playing regularly.
“I think he’s a top class player and I think with that character and the attributes he’s got he can go to the very top.
“I wouldn’t surprise me to see him playing for the full national team in the not too distant future, I think he’s that good."