Swansea 2 Liverpool 2: Three talking points from the Jonjo Shelvey show
Swansea 2 Liverpool 2: Here are three talking points after Jonjo Shelvey had a memorable game against his former club
The Shelvey show
Coming up against a former club provides a stern psychological test for even the most-hardened of footballers, and Jonjo Shelvey experienced wide-ranging emotions on Monday night. The 21-year-old had a memorable night against Liverpool after making a dream start. Shelvey’s hard-working attitude was always evident during his three years at Anfield, and he was rewarded for his tenacity when the ball broke to the midfielder in Simon Mignolet’s area and he curled a classy strike past the Belgian inside two minutes. But his quiet jubilation was short-lived as moments later, he played a blind back-pass which was intercepted by Daniel Sturridge and duly dispatched by the striker as he netted his fourth Premier League goal of the season. The Charlton Athletic youth graduate capped a tumultuous first-half with a wayward pass which fell to the feet of Reds debutant Victor Moses. The Nigeria international went on to produce a fine run and finish which compounded Shevley’s misery. Swansea boss Michael Laudrup admirably stuck with the youngster in the second half and his summer signing responded with an assist for Michu’s equaliser. Shevley started with the move with a pass into the feet of Wayne Routledge before guiding a header into the path of his Spanish team-mate.
Liverpool’s new signings debut at Swansea
Brendan Rodgers was forced to hand Mamadou Sakho His Liverpool debut following injury to Daniel Agger – and the towering centre-half was handed a stern test against Swansea. Sakho, who is a towering 6ft 2 ins, didn’t disappoint when it came to dealing with crosses into Mignolet’s area, whilst he made a number of timely interceptions. Admittedly, at times, Sakho appeared cumbersome and wasn’t immune to a rush of blood to the head as it was evident works is needed in terms of his positional play. The Liverpool manager also dropped Iago Aspas in favour of on-loan forward Moses. It was somewhat harsh considering the Spaniard’s encouraging start to life in the English top-flight. Moses started on the left wing, allowing Philippe Coutinho to move into a central role, and the Chelsea man impressed, particularly in the first half. The 22-year-old is powerful and quick, giving the Reds much-needed width down the left flank. He capped his debut with a first-half goal and Rodgers will hope to nurse the best out of Moses, as he has done with Sturridge.
Bony yet to justify investment
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins admitted his reservations when it came to signing Bony in a £12m deal earlier this week. The Welshman said: “This summer was the first time where we agreed to spend that money on one player, and personally I don’t like the idea of doing it”, adding: “Signing Wilfried Bony was a big thing for us, but I would not like to keep paying fees like that all the time”. On the evidence of Monday night, Jenkins might need to be patient before the Swans see a return on their big summer investment. The Ivorian still seems to be finding his feet in the Premier League as he struggled to hold up the ball and bring team-mates, mainly Michu, into the game. The 24-year-old, who scored his only league goal to date against champions Manchester United on the opening day of the season, also struggled to test Mignolet when presented with a chance to notch a second top-flight goal. Aside from Swansea’s two goals, Bony had the best chance to beat the Liverpool goalkeeper as Michu teed up his strike partner but the African could only conjure a tame effort.