JONJO SHELVEY endured an eventful evening playing a role in all four goals as Swansea brought Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the new season to an end in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium tonight.
Liverpool fell behind to a Jonjo Shelvey goal, but man in form Daniel Sturridge levelled proceedings two minutes later before Victor Moses, the winger, on loan from Chelsea, made it 2-1. In the second-half Michu equalized for Swansea and yet again Shelvey was involved with an assist.
Shelvey, playing against his former employers, opened the scoring in the second-half. The former Reds star manufactured his way through the defence and fired past Simon Mignolet from close-range after his initital shot was blocked by Skertel but rebound fell to Shelvey who made no mistake this time around.
But Shelvey soon went from hero to zero in less than 60 seconds, as he allowed Sturridge to level proceedings when his attempted back-pass went horribly wrong. The midfielder tried to play a casual back-pass to Michel Vorm, and Daniel Sturridge pounced on to bag his fourth goal in as many matches for Liverpool this season.
Following the mad start, the two teams slowly settled into a flow in next 10 minutes. Swansea’s new signing Wilfred Bony then went close with a powerful drive in 12th minute when striker collected the ball on the edge of the box and drilled an effort at goal, but Mignolet reacted quickly to make a smart save.
The Reds then replied with an attack of their own when Sturridge almost doubled his tally in the 24th minute. The England international looked to head home from close-range after a fine cross from debutant Moses, but Vorm made a superb save to keep the scores level.
Liverpool continued to press forward and Moses gave Brendan Rodgers’ side the lead in the 36th minute. The winger intercepted another poor Shelvey pass and headed forward, before smashing past low to the right side of Vorm from edge of the box.
Swansea almost hit back instantly, as Bony raced in to tap home after Mignolet parried Michu’s initial effort, but a superb sliding block from Martin Skrtel denied the Ivorian.
In the second-half, Swansea equalized when Leon Britton chipped the ball which was deflected by Shelvey for Michu to score his first league goal of the season from 12-yards out.
Then in 88th minute, Jonathan de Guzman came close to winning the match with his curling free-kick which made Mignolet work, with the Liverpool stopper expertly turning his effort away from goal.
The result sees Liverpool go top of the nascent Premier League table with the Swans rising to 13th after claiming their first home point of the new season.