Jonjo Shelvey: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wanted me to stay

The Swansea midfielder has revealed that the powers that be at Anfield were reluctant to see him leave Merseyside.

Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Swansea tonight, former Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has spoken out about his time at Anfield.

The box-to-box midfield man spent three years on the Merseyside outfit’s books before leaving to move to the Liberty Stadium in 2013.

Shelvey had admitted that his decision was not an easy one, but that he wanted to secure more regular first-team football.

The 23-year-old, who has been capped once by England, has revealed that both Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard made late attempts to keep him at Anfield.

"I was on the way to Swansea and he (Rodgers) told me I didn't have to go," Shelvey told the BBC.

"He spent hours on the phone to my dad in an effort to try and get me to stay. But I had made up my mind to come.

"I will always be grateful to Brendan because he was honest and said he couldn't offer me the game-time I wanted and needed. He had a great relationship with Swansea and he told me they would be a perfect fit for me if I did want to leave.

"I was living next door to Stevie at the time and I texted him to say I was going down to Swansea. He asked me to really consider it. It is a big thing for someone like me to get someone like him saying that to me.”

Shelvey looks set to face his former club tonight, with Rodgers’ men travelling to Wales and in desperate need of three points to keep their top-four ambitions alive.

The 23-year-old has had a colourful past against his former employers, scoring goals against the Reds and also putting the ball through his own net in past meetings.

Shelvey has started 19 Premier League games this season for Garry Monk’s men and forms a formidable Swans midfield unit alongside Gylfi Sigurdsson and South Korean star Ki.

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