Swansea City star Jonjo Shelvey has told reporters it’s nice to be considered a central figure in South Wales and explains he made the right decision in leaving Liverpool, The Sun reports.
The talented midfielder spent three years at Anfield but rarely featured in the first-team, a situation which prompted him to leave the Reds and join the Swans.
Now, the attraction of Liverpool has increasingly grown over the past couple of weeks following the appointment of former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp.
Still, Shelvey is adamant he made the right move in joining Gary Monk’s side and highlighted the fact that being considered a central part of the team is a responsibility he enjoys.
“I am expected to control games and I like that responsibility. I didn’t want to just be a Liverpool player, I wanted to be in the Liverpool team,” he explained in The Sun.
“I don’t just want to be in the England squad, I want to be in the England team. I had to leave Liverpool. The only way I’ll get a regular place for England is to keep improving for Swansea.”
Shelvey wouldn’t be the first player to leave a big club for a so-called non-mainstream side and thrive as being one of the standout players in the dressing room.
The 23-year-old is playing regularly and improving all the time, illustrated by his early-season form which sees him average an impressive 2.6 shots and 2.3 key passes per Premier League fixture.
It may seem surreal to see England’s side made up of players from the likes of Swansea City, Everton, Southampton and Leicester City yet it’s currently where the best opportunities to play lie.