Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey looking forward to Steven Gerrard test

Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey says he is looking forward to the challenge of taking on Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

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Steven Gerrard first captained Liverpool in 2003 Photo: Back Page Images

Jonjo Shelvey insists he is relishing the challenge of facing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard when the Reds travel to Swansea on Monday.

The England international completed a £5m move to the League Cup winners from Anfield this summer after Brendan Rodgers refused to guarantee the young midfielder a regular first-team berth.

Shelvey spent almost three seasons as Gerrard’s team-mate, and the 21-year-old is looking forward to testing his ability against the England captain at the Liberty Stadium.

“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.”

Shelvey scored two goals in 33 Premier League appearances for Liverpool after joining the Reds from Charlton Athletic in 2010.

Despite his Reds career ending in a whimper, the Swansea playmaker will always have fond memories of his time at the Merseyside outfit.

“You get a love for the club, Liverpool are in my blood and I will always look out for their result.

“I was there for three years and I had a great time at a great club with such a great history, I loved it there and I cannot wait to play them.

“When I moved my Dad said I was leaving one of the biggest clubs in world football to play somewhere else.

“But I felt it was something I needed to do, I didn’t want to sit around, sit on the bench and just pick up money for not playing.

“Liverpool won the League Cup when I was there but I did not make the bench, and you feel like you are not there, even though you are happy and you get a medal, you feel like you are not part of it. I want to be part of something at Swansea.”

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