Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey admits he ignored the advice of captain Steven Gerrard to pursue regular first-team football and secure a transfer to Swansea.
Shelvey joined Liverpool from Charlton in 2010 but found regular senior opportunities difficult to come by during his time on Merseyside, with the 21-year-old having made 33 league appearances in the previous two seasons.
With midfield a particular area of strength at Anfield, Shelvey took the decision to leave the club when Swansea came calling, despite Brendan Rodgers hoping the player would chose to remain with Liverpool.
Shelvey had initially sought the advice of Gerrard prior to his summer exit, and says the England skipper had tried to persuade him to be patient with Liverpool and take advantage of his opportunities when they arose.
The youngster, however, decided the best move for his career would be to join Swansea and strengthen a side who impressed so much under the guidance of Michael Laudrup last season.
"I said to Stevie that I might have to go elsewhere to get football and he told me ‘stay here, you’ll get your chance’," Shelvey told WalesOnline.
"It was great to hear that from him but I felt I needed to come away. It was probably mad because that’s me turning him down to stay there, but I felt I had to get away to play and I’m lucky that I’ve found my feet at a club like Swansea."
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