On Monday, a highly anticipated match between Swansea and the only team with a perfect record in the Premier League, Liverpool was contested. And what a game it was, particularly for Jonjo Shelvey.
The young Swansea midfielder had a truly memorable game against his old club Liverpool. The game finished all square at 2-2, however, Shelvey had his part to play in all four goals in the match due to some moments of magic and some moments he will want to forget.
The game started as anyone would have expected, both teams getting on the ball early, trying to get their passing games started, as both teams like to do. However, a breakthrough was made a lot earlier than expected by Swansea.
After the ball was played into the box, the ball was cleared. However, the header went straight to Shelvey, who completely missed his volley. But he somehow he kept possession, glided past Liverpool new boy Mamadou Sahko and went for the shot, which Martin Skrtel managed to block.
The ball came straight back to his left foot, which he placed in the Liverpool net past a stretching Simon Mignolet, making it 1-0. This goal was the first Liverpool had conceded this season.
Just over a minute later, Shelvey’s joy became misery and he went from hero to zero, as a very slack back pass to his keeper handed Liverpool their equaliser.
The goal came from Shelvey under no pressure in midfield, when he suddenly decided to slide the ball back to his keeper. The problem was the ball had no pace on it and Daniel Sturridge intercepted and made it 1-1.
Things went from bad to worse for Shelvey as another mistake led to another Liverpool goal, before half time.
Again he was in midfield under no pressure, when he decided to try and switch the play, by hitting a ball to the wing. The pass was too easy to read for Liverpool’s loaned player Victor Moses, who intercepted, ran down the wing and scored, making it 2-1 to Liverpool.
Shelvey was clearly distraught going in at half time, however, he showed real character in the second half to try and make up for his earlier errors.
Late into the second half, Shelvey made a run into the box, luckily he was seen and the ball came his way. Shelvy had Michu alongside him, so instead of going for goal, Shelvey headed the ball perfectly into the path of Michu, who made it 2-2.
This is how the game finished, and needless to say it has been a big learning curve for Jonjo Shelvey, who had a goal, an assist and two gifts for Liverpool. For the neutrals watching, without Shelvey the game may have finished 0-0, so it was just as well, that he did what he did.
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