England Under-21s midfielder Jonjo Shelvey praised by current and former bosses
Jonjo Shelvey drew praise from both his own and his opposing manager on Monday night, following Swansea City’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool.
The England Under-21 midfielder played a pivotal role in the match, opening the scoring for Swansea against his former club in just the second minute.
But two mis-placed passes at the other end gifted goals to Daniel Sturridge and Victor Moses and handed Liverpool a lead by half time, before Shelvey flicked on for Michu to score a second-half equaliser.
And the 21-year-old made a public apology to his own fans in a live TV interview after the game, which Swans boss Michael Laudrup insists was unnecessary following his overall performance.
"He had no need to do that,'' said Laudrup. "Nobody makes mistakes on purpose but it shows how he is and the most important thing was his reaction.
"It was a difficult first half for him but I said 'there is no problem, go out there, you still have 45 minutes to turn it around'.
"He knew only he could bring himself back into the game and it was a fantastic reaction to pull himself together.
"It says a lot about him, he is still very young and he will be stronger for this game.''
Shelvey’s former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was also full of praise for Shelvey, who only left Anfield three months ago in the search for more regular football.
Rodgers said: "He kept going, bless him. He is a terrific boy who made a brave decision to leave a club like Liverpool and nights like this are why he left, to learn.
"He took his goal well but when you play against good players they can punish you.
"But Jonjo will prove to be a very good player."