Jonjo Shelvey had a hand in all four goals as Swansea City ended his former side Liverpool’s 100% record in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.
Shelvey swapped Anfield for South Wales in the summer and fired the Swans in front after two minutes, but his mistake sixty seconds later allowed Daniel Sturridge to level the scores.
Another Shelvey mistake allowed Moses to fire the Reds in front after 36 minutes but in the second half, the midfielder laid up Michu for Swansea’s equaliser.
The game burst into life straight from the kick-off and the home fans were celebrating within two minutes. Shelvey was allowed to drift past Mamadou Sakho too easily and after his first shot was blocked by Martin Skrtel, the English midfielder converted with his left foot from ten yards to the delight of his teammates.
Unfortunately for the Jacks, Shelvey would turn from hero to villain in a minute. The 21-year-old played a lazy back-pass that lacked power and Sturridge showed great anticipation to latch on to the ball and smash past Michel Vorm from ten yards. It was Sturridge’s fourth goal in his opening four games of the season which is a new Premier League record.
The goal gave Liverpool momentum and they could have completed the turnaround in the eighth minute. Philippe Coutinho played a nice one-two with Jordan Henderson before working the ball onto his right foot, but his shot was weak from 20 yards and easily saved by Vorm. Just after, Moses showed great skill to skip past Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer before clipping in a cross to the middle of the six yard box, but Sturridge’s close range header was well saved by Vorm as Liverpool upped the pressure.
The pressure paid off when they took a 2-1 lead with nine minutes to go until half-time. Shelvey gave the ball away again with a silly pass and Moses used Sturridge’s clever run to make the space for a shot from 25 yards, which flashed past Vorm who was frozen in place. It was a well-taken goal, but once again, Shelvey had a big hand in Swansea conceding.
The home side did their best to fight back in the rest of the first half, and Michu was denied brilliantly by a diving save from Mignolet after spinning nicely on the edge of the box. The goalkeeper was guilty of a mistake in the 42nd minute though as he spilled Dyer’s weak shot, but Skrtel made a great sliding block ahead of Wilfried Bony to stop the striker from tapping into the empty net.
The second half was a more subdued affair as Liverpool looked to defend their lead while Swansea were cautious of conceding a third goal on the break. It was to be that man Shelvey who would have another telling impact on the game.
Dyer’s driven pass was flicked on by the bald head of Shelvey and it allowed Michu to sneak in and slam home his first goal of the season from ten yards. It was a great finish, but credit must go to Shelvey’s midfield run and clever assist. Swansea were level but went very close to stealing all three points in the 88th minute. Jonathan De Guzman lined up a free-kick from 25 yards and curled it brilliantly over the wall, but Mignolet read it well and made a good diving save to keep it out.
In the end, a point each is a fair result with Liverpool still unbeaten in the early stages of the season while Shelvey had a game he will never forget.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)