Liverpool wanted to keep me, reveals Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey

Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey reveals Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers urged the youngster to join the Swans

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Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield in May 2012 Photo: Back Page Images

Jonjo Shelvey has revealed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers supported the midfielder’s decision to join Swansea City despite wanting keep the youngster at Anfield.

The 21-year-old playmaker signed a four-year deal with the Swans after the League Cup winners agreed a £5m deal to bring the England international to the Liberty Stadium.

Shelvey was limited to just nine Premier League starts last season, and the Charlton Athletic youth graduate revealed Rodgers told the midfielder that Swansea would be the perfect club to continue his developmemt.

“Brendan said he wouldn’t let me go to a club that wasn’t right for me. He said Swansea are perfect for me with the way I play,” Shelvey told Swansea’s website.

“He couldn’t guarantee me the first-team football at Liverpool, and he said if I could get the game-time at Swansea then I should definitely go.

“I could have stayed at Liverpool and fight for my place because they didn’t want to get rid of me, but I felt, in the end, I needed to come and make a name for myself. Rather than sit on the bench every week at Liverpool, I need to come and play football and get myself to the status that I once had.

“Moving here will help me in terms of the way the manager wants to play. Obviously having worked under Brendan that will stand me in good stead.

“I just want to enjoy my football, get as many games under my belt as possible and hopefully win something with Swansea.”

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