Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey had a hand in all four goals as his old club Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League with an exciting draw.

The hosts led after 87 seconds when Shelvey curled into the bottom corner.

But his slack backpass allowed in-form Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge to fire in less than two minutes later.

Analysis

"Jonjo Shelvey scored a great goal, then to make two awful passes, he was totally at fault for both Liverpool goals with his sloppy play.

"He bounced back, tried to make tackles, and break into the Liverpool half. His spirit speaks volumes about the character of the man."

Reds debutant Victor Moses steered in after another mistake from Shelvey, who then headed the ball on for Michu to equalise and end the Reds' 100% start.

The Spaniard's first Premier League goal of the new season provided the final twist in an entertaining game at the Liberty Stadium.

Liverpool might have dropped their first points this season, but the draw still allowed them to leapfrog Arsenal and Tottenham to the top of the Premier League.

Swansea are 13th after taking four points from their opening four matches.

It was certainly an evening to remember for England Under-21 international Shelvey, who left Anfield for the south Wales club in the summer.

Shelvey apologises to Swansea fans

The £5m signing put the Swans ahead when he left new Reds defender Mamadou Sakho flat-footed to calmly stroke a left-foot effort past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool had not previously conceded in the Premier League and they were gifted a way back into the game little over 100 seconds later by Shelvey.

His careless pass back towards goalkeeper Michel Vorm was seized upon by Sturridge, who netted his fourth top-flight goal of the season with a clinical finish.

The Reds dominated the opening half hour as the vibrant trio of Moses, Philippe Coutinho and Sturridge pulled apart the Swansea defence with pace and precision. And they should have doubled their advantage when Moses and Sturridge combined.

On-loan Chelsea winger Moses surged past two defenders near the left corner flag and dinked in a perfectly weighted cross towards an unmarked Sturridge.

The England striker seemed certain to score but his header was directed too close to Vorm, who made a magnificent save.

We showed 'character' - Brendan Rodgers

Shortly before half-time, they did take a deserved lead. Shelvey sloppily handed possession to Moses, who drove at the backpedalling Swansea defence before accurately shooting into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Victory would have given Liverpool their best start to a season since 1990-91 and for the opening hour they seemed firmly on course to achieve that.

But Coutinho's departure early in the second half with a shoulder injury following a robust challenge from Swans skipper Ashley Williams disrupted their fluency.

Swansea, playing the first of seven games in 21 days, had not created any clear-cut second-half chances before Michu's leveller, but they had been encouraged to press forward by Liverpool's willingness to sit back on their lead.

They were rewarded when Shelvey flicked a right-wing cross into the path of Michu, who swept a first-time shot beyond Mignolet.

Jonjo Shelvey will learn - Michael Laudrup

The leveller switched the momentum of the match firmly in Swansea's favour and, as the encounter moved into the closing stages, Michael Laudrup's men looked the likeliest to grab a dramatic winner.

Shelvey sent a low free-kick fizzing into the arms of Mignolet, before substitute Jonathan de Guzman twice went close.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup:

"We had to perform better in the second half and the boys did a good job.

"We got the equaliser, we could have won the game but I'm pleased with the result after all."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers:

"I thought for the first 65 minutes we were very good. We showed incredible character to get back level so soon after they scored.

"I was disappointed with their second goal and then the momentum changed for the last 25 minutes and we had to show character and resilience.

"But we showed tonight our game is getting better and we have the character to get a lot of results."

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Monday, 16 September 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Swansea 2-2 Liverpool FT
(HT 1-2)
  • Shelvey 2
  • Michu 64
  • Sturridge 4
  • Moses 36

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SWANSEA
LIVERPOOL

Possession

  • Swansea 58%
  • Liverpool 42%

Attempts on target

  • Swansea 8
  • Liverpool 5

Attempts off target

  • Swansea 9
  • Liverpool 7

Corners

  • Swansea 3
  • Liverpool 7

Fouls

  • Swansea 7
  • Liverpool 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:21 The referee blows the whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+5:16 Clearance made by Chico.
  • 90:00+4:53 Mamadou Sakho manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+4:51 The ball is delivered by Wayne Routledge.
  • 90:00+4:28 Ashley Williams makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 90:00+4:11 Shot by Miguel Michu went wide right of the post. Simon Mignolet catches the ball.
  • 90:00+4:11 Shot by Miguel Michu. Simon Mignolet safely holds on.
  • 90:00+1:21 Raheem Sterling makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:16 Mamadou Sakho manages to make a clearance.
  • 89:39 Clearance made by Jordan Henderson.
  • 89:10 Clearance made by Steven Gerrard.
  • 88:58 Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:51 Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
  • 87:58 Shot by Jonathan de Guzman missed to the right of the target.
  • 87:57 Mamadou Sakho makes a clearance.
  • 87:55 The ball is delivered by Wayne Routledge.
  • 87:31 The ball is crossed by Jonjo Shelvey.
  • 87:21 Corner taken by Ben Davies from the right by-line.
  • 86:59 Jonathan de Guzman has a direct shot on goal from the free kick. Simon Mignolet parries the ball away.
  • 86:13 Raheem Sterling challenges Angel Rangel unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 86:08 Leiva Lucas manages to make a clearance.
  • 86:06 Centre by Jonathan de Guzman.
  • 85:43 Corner taken by Wayne Routledge.
  • 85:14 Clearance made by Jordan Henderson.
  • 85:13 Centre by Wayne Routledge.
  • 83:17 Mamadou Sakho manages to make a clearance.
  • 83:14 Jonjo Shelvey produces a cross.
  • 82:17 Jonathan de Guzman has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
  • 82:00 Free kick taken by Ben Davies.
  • 81:50 Foul by Kolo Toure on Wayne Routledge, free kick awarded.
  • 81:28 Strike on goal comes in from Steven Gerrard from the free kick and goes over the bar.
  • 81:01 Angel Rangel challenges Raheem Sterling unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 80:39 Clearance made by Ashley Williams.
  • Correction - 80:34 Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
  • 80:34 Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
  • 80:10 Substitution Victor Moses goes off and Raheem Sterling comes on.
  • 79:49 Wayne Routledge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Iago Aspas.
  • 79:45 Clearance made by Mamadou Sakho.
  • 79:42 Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey.
  • 79:23 Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
  • 79:21 Wayne Routledge delivers the ball.
  • 78:55 Clearance by Martin Skrtel.
  • 78:49 Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • 78:47 Wayne Routledge produces a cross.
  • 78:30 Clearance made by Leiva Lucas.
  • 77:23 Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • Correction - 77:08 Alejandro Pozuelo concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses.
  • 77:08 Victor Moses fouled by Angel Rangel, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 76:46 The ball is delivered by Jonathan de Guzman.
  • 75:21 Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:04 Victor Moses challenges Leon Britton unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 74:22 Shot by Miguel Michu went wide left of the target.
  • 74:21 Sanchez Jose Enrique makes a clearance.
  • 74:07 Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
  • 73:13 Clearance made by Mamadou Sakho.
  • 73:12 A cross is delivered by Alejandro Pozuelo.
  • 72:12 Jonjo Shelvey has an effort direct from the free kick. Simon Mignolet makes a block.
  • 72:11 Jonathan de Guzman restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:24 Jonathan de Guzman fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 71:08 Free kick taken by Chico Chico.
  • 71:01 Jonathan de Guzman fouled by Steven Gerrard, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 69:58 Clearance by Martin Skrtel.
  • 69:09 Chico Chico takes the free kick.
  • 69:00 Substitution Kolo Toure is brought on as a substitute for Andre Wisdom.
  • Correction - 68:58 Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Kolo Toure coming on for Andre Wisdom.
  • 68:35 The assistant referee flags for offside against Daniel Sturridge.
  • 68:20 Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • 68:12 Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.
  • 67:00 Header by Miguel Michu misses right.
  • 66:59 Jonathan de Guzman produces a cross.
  • 66:04 Free kick taken by Ben Davies.
  • 65:52 Substitution Alejandro Pozuelo replaces Wilfried Bony.
  • 65:16 Booking
  • 65:16 Andre Wisdom booked.
  • 65:06 Andre Wisdom gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Davies.
  • 63:20 Jonjo Shelvey provided the assist for the goal.
  • 63:20 GOAL - Miguel MichuSwansea 2 - 2 Liverpool Miguel Michu grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Swansea 2-2 Liverpool.
  • 62:55 Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
  • 62:39 Daniel Sturridge is ruled offside.
  • 62:08 Clearance by Wilfried Bony.
  • 62:06 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line.
  • 61:39 Clearance made by Ashley Williams.
  • 61:35 Steven Gerrard takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Ashley Williams.
  • 61:34 Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:33 A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 61:05 Wayne Routledge delivers the ball.
  • 60:40 Clearance by Mamadou Sakho.
  • 60:26 Jonjo Shelvey takes the free kick.
  • 60:08 Booking
  • 60:08 Jordan Henderson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 60:04 Jordan Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Davies.
  • 59:33 Ashley Williams makes a clearance.
  • 59:29 Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.
  • 59:29 The ball is delivered by Iago Aspas.
  • 56:17 Free kick taken by Leon Britton.
  • 56:05 Foul by Iago Aspas on Ashley Williams, free kick awarded.
  • Correction - 55:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Williams by Iago Aspas.
  • 55:36 Booking
  • 55:36 Leiva Lucas is shown a yellow card.
  • 55:32 Booking
  • 55:32 Jonjo Shelvey is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 54:10 Substitution Iago Aspas is brought on as a substitute for Phillippe Coutinho.
  • 52:59 Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
  • 52:19 Shot by Andre Wisdom. Michel Vorm makes a block.
  • 52:18 Jordan Henderson takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.
  • 52:18 Ashley Williams makes a clearance.
  • 52:15 Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard.
  • 51:37 Wayne Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas.
  • 51:32 Wilfried Bony manages to make a clearance.
  • 51:30 Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard.
  • 51:04 Chico manages to make a clearance.
  • 51:03 Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard.
  • 49:07 Booking
  • 49:07 Ashley Williams shown a yellow card.
  • 48:52 Unfair challenge on Phillippe Coutinho by Ashley Williams results in a free kick.
  • 48:23 Clearance made by Ashley Williams.
  • 48:06 Free kick taken by Mamadou Sakho.
  • 47:54 Wilfried Bony handles the ball and concedes a free kick.
  • 47:44 Chico manages to make a clearance.
  • 46:40 Ben Davies takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 46:24 Andre Wisdom concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan de Guzman.
  • 46:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andre Wisdom on Wayne Routledge.
  • 45:45 Centre by Angel Rangel.
  • 45:26 Andre Wisdom makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Jonathan de Guzman coming on for Nathan Dyer.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:02 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+1:59 Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
  • 45:00+1:11 Chico makes a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:11 A cross is delivered by Wilfried Bony.
  • 44:59 Andre Wisdom manages to make a clearance.
  • 43:00 Clearance by Angel Rangel.
  • 42:27 A cross is delivered by Angel Rangel.
  • 42:24 Miguel Michu takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
  • 40:04 Clearance by Andre Wisdom.
  • 40:00 Angel Rangel sends in a cross.
  • 38:05 Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
  • 37:59 Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Simon Mignolet parries the ball but the danger is not over.
  • 37:57 Mamadou Sakho makes a clearance.
  • 37:55 Clearance by Andre Wisdom.
  • 36:58 Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 36:53 Miguel Michu has an effort at goal. Parried by Simon Mignolet back into danger.
  • 36:53 Miguel Michu takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
  • 35:55 GOAL - Victor MosesSwansea 1 - 2 Liverpool Victor Moses slots the ball right footed into the goal. Swansea 1-2 Liverpool.
  • 35:09 Clearance by Ashley Williams.
  • 34:58 Mamadou Sakho manages to make a clearance.
  • 34:17 Clearance made by Mamadou Sakho.
  • 34:05 Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
  • 33:39 Wilfried Bony is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
  • 33:18 Clearance made by Jordan Henderson.
  • 33:15 The ball is swung over by Ben Davies.
  • 32:01 Shot by Wilfried Bony missed to the left of the target.
  • 31:59 The ball is crossed by Ben Davies.
  • 29:28 Ashley Williams makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 29:01 Wilfried Bony has an effort at goal. Simon Mignolet catches the ball.
  • 29:01 Wilfried Bony has an effort at goal.
  • 28:42 Clearance by Mamadou Sakho.
  • 28:40 Jonjo Shelvey crosses the ball.
  • 28:32 Clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 28:30 Clearance by Mamadou Sakho.
  • 28:28 Wayne Routledge produces a cross.
  • 28:19 Jordan Henderson manages to make a clearance.
  • 28:14 A cross is delivered by Nathan Dyer.
  • 27:21 Angel Rangel makes a clearance.
  • 26:35 Ben Davies produces a cross.
  • 24:53 Phillippe Coutinho takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
  • 24:53 Clearance made by Wilfried Bony.
  • 24:51 Victor Moses crosses the ball.
  • 24:45 Ben Davies makes a clearance.
  • 24:42 The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard.
  • 24:32 Clearance by Miguel Michu.
  • 24:29 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line.
  • 24:04 Header at goal by Daniel Sturridge. Michel Vorm parries the ball away.
  • 24:03 The ball is delivered by Victor Moses.
  • 23:09 Clearance by Chico.
  • 23:07 Steven Gerrard delivers the ball.
  • 22:58 Miguel Michu makes a clearance.
  • 22:57 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.
  • 22:17 Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:16 The ball is swung over by Jordan Henderson.
  • 22:08 Jordan Henderson has an effort at goal. Ben Davies gets a block in.
  • 21:44 Mamadou Sakho manages to make a clearance.
  • 21:36 Ben Davies makes a clearance.
  • 21:04 Centre by Angel Rangel.
  • 20:41 Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • 20:04 Header at goal by Andre Wisdom goes over the frame of the goal.
  • 20:01 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.
  • 19:08 Clearance by Wayne Routledge.
  • 18:09 Clearance made by Ben Davies.
  • 17:33 Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.
  • 17:21 Mamadou Sakho manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:18 Ben Davies crosses the ball.
  • 15:55 Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 15:39 Unfair challenge on Phillippe Coutinho by Jonjo Shelvey results in a free kick.
  • 14:59 Daniel Sturridge takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
  • 13:33 Clearance by Wayne Routledge.
  • 10:53 Wilfried Bony takes a shot. Simon Mignolet catches the ball.
  • 10:23 Ben Davies manages to make a clearance.
  • 9:02 Angel Rangel makes a clearance.
  • 7:35 Phillippe Coutinho takes a shot. Michel Vorm safely holds on.
  • 7:14 Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:12 Corner from the left by-line taken by Phillippe Coutinho.
  • 6:32 Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.
  • 6:05 Martin Skrtel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Williams.
  • 6:01 Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Gerrard.
  • 5:34 Clearance by Ashley Williams.
  • 5:34 Jordan Henderson delivers the ball.
  • 5:14 Free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
  • Correction - 5:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonjo Shelvey on Daniel Sturridge.
  • 5:07 Unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Leon Britton results in a free kick.
  • 3:06 GOAL - Daniel SturridgeSwansea 1 - 1 Liverpool Daniel Sturridge grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Swansea 1-1 Liverpool.
  • 2:56 Clearance made by Chico.
  • 2:55 Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball.
  • 1:27 GOAL - Jonjo ShelveySwansea 1 - 0 Liverpool Jonjo Shelvey slots the ball left footed into the goal. Swansea 1-0 Liverpool.
  • 1:25 Jonjo Shelvey takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
  • 1:20 Clearance made by Jordan Henderson.
  • 1:18 Clearance by Mamadou Sakho.
  • 1:16 The ball is sent over by Angel Rangel.
  • 1:05 Chico makes a clearance.
  • 0:48 Angel Rangel makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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