Jonjo Shelvey: Steven Gerrard urged me to stay at Liverpool
Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey claims Steven Gerrard urged the youngster to stay at Liverpool this summer
Jonjo Shelvey has revealed Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard urged the midfielder to remain at the Reds beyond the summer.
The England international completed a surprise £5m move to the League Cup winners in July after being informed by Brendan Rodgers that he wasn’t first-choice at the Merseyside outfit.
Shelvey showed glimpses of his talent during a three-year spell at Anfield, scoring a memorable brace in Liverpool’s 5-3 victory over Young Boys in the Europa League last term.
But the 21-year-old felt it was necessary to move away from Anfield to secure regular first-team football.
“I said to him (Gerrard) that I might have to go elsewhere to get football,” Shelvey told Sky Sports News.
“He told me ‘stay here, you’ll get your chance’ and it was great to hear that from him but I felt I needed to get away.
“You probably think I’m mad because that’s turning him down to stay there but I felt I had to come away to play.
“I’m lucky that I’ve found my feet at a club like Swansea.”
Shelvey insists he is relishing the challenge of facing Gerrard when Liverpool travel to Swansea on Monday.
“It will be a bit mad facing him as I was living next door to him in Liverpool,” Shelvey said.
“But I always said I wanted to play with him and against him before he retired, because if you play against him you can really judge yourself on where you are as a player.
“For me he has been the best player in this country for God knows how long, he is the complete midfield player.”