But it was exactly the reason Liverpool fans didn’t shed any tears when he swapped Anfield for the Liberty Stadium.
In his goal, we saw his persistence and his ability to finish to give Swansea the lead, and his ability to spot the space in order for him to supply the knock down for Michu’s equaliser.
Yet we saw the a rather dozy back pass which allowed Daniel Sturridge to equalise soon after Shelvey had given the Swans the lead, and his careless cross-field ball which allowed Victor Moses to score a debut goal for his club.
Amongst all that, we saw him fly into tackles, display a good range of sometimes accurate passing and always want the ball.
Some of Shelvey’s qualities that were on show from the midfielder and resembled qualities of a young man who can end up becoming a very good footballer, but other qualities showed how naïve he is.
Unfortunately for Shelvey it was one of the reasons he didn’t get regular game time for Liverpool, and as much as there was a will for him to succeed at Anfield it was the reason why no-one was overly concerned at his departure.
It wasn’t a case of something good followed by something bad would happen every now and then, it happened on a regular basis. One moment he would play a part in a goal, the next he would fly dangerously into a tackle or give the ball away in a dangerous position.
No-one from Merseyside would begrudge him success at Swansea, and maybe the regular first-team football will fine-tune some of the raw aspects of his game, but he wasn’t going to do it at Liverpool, because a side that wants to challenge for Champions League football simply could not afford to keep hold of a player with those characteristics.
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