In-form striker bags sixth of season as Jonjo Shelvey makes headlines against old club
Daniel Sturridge continued his hot streak in front of goal for Liverpool on Monday night, but it was his former team-mate Jonjo Shelvey who stole the headlines in a rollercoaster display for Swansea City.
The game ended 2-2 and England Under-21s midfielder Shelvey played a part in all four goals as the Reds returned to the top of the Premier League and the Swans rose out of the bottom three.
And it was predictable that Shelvey was going to have an impact in his first appearance facing Liverpool since his move to the Liberty Stadium in July.
He took just two minutes to give his side the perfect start, curling home a dream goal against his old mates.
But it quickly turned sour for Shelvey with two wayward passes that first let in England striker Sturridge, then Victor Moses, as Liverpool took a 2-1 lead into the break.
The 21-year-old's back-pass less than two minutes after his opener was anticipated well by Sturridge, who swept beyond Michel Vorm with his first touch.
It was the striker's fourth Premier League goal in the Reds' first four games, and his sixth in all competitions after a League Cup brace against Notts County.
Then with ten minutes remaining in the first period, another loose cross-field pass from Shelvey was intercepted by Liverpool debutant Moses. The ex-England Under-21s winger carried the ball forward before slotting past Vorm from 20 yards.
The goals could have dented Shelvey's confidence, but in the second half he helped spear-head the Welsh outfit's response as they dominated Brendan Rodgers' men.
It was his deft flick-on into the path of Michu on the edge of the area that set-up the home side's equaliser, but Shelvey was disappointed they didn't get more.
"You can see what this club is about," he said after the game. "The way we play, we pass teams off the park. I think we deserve to start getting more three points. I'm just disappointed I gifted them two goals.
"Football's about coming back from things like that and it's happened to great players in the past. It's a horrible feeling.
"I feel I've given Liverpool a draw, it was a great game to play and both sets of fans were superb."
Despite his run of form, Man of the Match Sturridge admitted he's still trying to reach full fitness after missing England's recent World Cup Qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine. However, he hopes to be involved in the final two fixtures at Wembley next month.
"When you're in control of a game and then concede a goal it's obviously disappointing for us," Sturridge told Sky Sports.
"But in the end we showed the character not to lose the game and almost won it at the end. We're back to the top of the League and we'll push on to the next game now."
He added: "To be honest, I don't feel fit. I trained for the first time on Friday with the team after the England trip.
"I was disappointed not to be there because it was a big opportunity for me. Hopefully I'll be OK and selected to play in the next one if the manager thinks I'm good enough."
England's next two games are World Cup qualifying deciders against Montenegro and Poland next month.
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