'Brilliant' Swans will help Jonjo to shine
BRENDAN Rodgers reckons "brilliant club" Swansea City will give Jonjo Shelvey the ideal chance to shine.
Shelvey is set to link up with his new Swansea colleagues in Holland after completing a £5 million-plus move to the Liberty Stadium.
And former Swansea boss Rodgers believes the one-cap England midfielder could not have picked a better place to progress his career. Speaking exclusively to the Evening Post, the Liverpool manager said: "Swansea have signed a very good young player and Jonjo has joined a brilliant club.
"I spoke to Jonjo when the Swansea interest came in.
"He is looking to play week-in, week-out and unfortunately that wasn't going to happen with us.
"I said to him that if he was going to leave, there would be no better club to join than Swansea.
"Because of the supporters, the city and the chairman, the club is set up perfectly to give players and managers every chance to succeed." Shelvey made 32 appearances under Rodgers last season, scoring five goals, but was never able to nail down a place in the Liverpool starting side during three years at the club.
The Romford-born star hopes joining Swansea will mean more opportunities to prove he is capable of starring in the top flight.
"Jonjo is talented," Rodgers added.
"He has good power, good running ability, he can score a goal and he can play in a number of positions.
"He played 30-odd games for me last season and fitted into different positions really well — he is flexible in his game.
"Jonjo is now in the situation where he needs to try to take the next step in his career.
"That means he needs to play, and going to Swansea was a no-brainer for him."
Despite making his England debut last season, Shelvey heads to SA1 with something to prove having failed to make himself a mainstay at Anfield.
And Rodgers pointed out: "What he will be is hungry.
"He will go to Swansea with hunger and I assume he is going there to play every week, so it's a good opportunity for him."
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has revealed he could not compete with Swansea's financial muscle when it came to landing Shelvey.
The Eagles were also interested in the England international, but did not match Swansea's offer.
"We are not in the position yet to compete with teams that have been in there (the Premier League) for a couple of years," he said.
"Jonjo Shelvey was on the list, I had him at Blackpool. But Swansea have been at this level for a couple of years and that puts them at a slightly different level to us."