Jonjo Shelvey has no regrets about leaving Liverpool for Swansea City
JONJO Shelvey insists he has no regrets about leaving Liverpool for Swansea City as his old club prepare to visit the Liberty.
Shelvey will go head to head with former team-mates on Monday when Swansea return to Premier League action against the Reds after a 15-day lay off.
The England international opted to swap Merseyside for South Wales in the summer after Michael Laudrup agreed to pay £5 million for his services.
And Shelvey is delighted he made that switch.
“It was a big decision, but I felt like it was something I needed to do,” said the midfielder.
“I didn’t want to just sit on the bench and pick up money.
“I felt it was time for me to come away and get some consistency.
“I needed to play more games and I’m glad a club like Swansea were interested in me.
“I didn’t see it as a backwards step. It might have made more sense to come on loan, but I wanted to feel part of things.
“I was at Liverpool and we won the Carling Cup, but I didn’t make the bench, so I wasn’t really there in one way.”
Shelvey has started all three of Swansea’s Premier League games so far this season and also played in the 5-1 Europa League demolition of Petrolul Ploiesti.
He then sat out the return leg as Laudrup chose not to risk key players.
“I knew Swansea were in Europe and how well they’d done over the past two seasons,” he said.
“With the great manager Swansea have got, I thought he could develop me.
“I’ve loved every minute of it, the city’s perfect.
“Everyone I spoke to at Liverpool couldn’t speak highly enough of the club.”
Monday will be a special day for the Charlton youth product, who could line up against idol Steven Gerrard.
There will also be reunions for a number in the Liverpool camp as the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Colin Pascoe and possibly Joe Allen are back at the Liberty.
“If anyone said they weren’t excited to play against their former team they’d be lying,” added Shelvey.
“But I spoke to my dad and he said it’s important not to get emotional in a sense and treat it like every other game. That’s what I intend to do.
“You’re playing against mates that you still keep in touch with.
“I was there for three years and had a great time, it was a fantastic club to play for.
“It has so much history and I loved it there.
“It will be special in that sense and I can’t wait to play now.”