Jonjo Shelvey on facing his old club


“They have chopped and changed the managers to be fair and I don’t think that has helped them. I think they need to get back playing the way they played football. Even when I was at Liverpool you wouldn’t see the ball for a lot of the time.“When I went there everything was about ball possession, all of our work was about the football and we were battering teams at home with the ball - even against the top teams. They have gone away from that a little bit which is obviously down to whatever manager they had in at the time.

“They have lost quite a few big players, to be fair. They have lost Gylfi, they have lost Llorente but Swansea is a great club. It is a great family club, the stadium isn’t the biggest but the supporters get behind the team. As soon as I found out Newcastle were interested there was only one place to go but obviously I don’t want to see them go down because I want to play against them and I have mates in their team.“But football is a cut-throat business and I would rather we stayed up than them. It is a relegation battle that we are in and whoever comes out on top will be the worthy winners.”

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