Jonjo Shelvey has admitted his regret over leaving Liverpool to join Swansea City in 2013.
Signed for £1.7 million from Charlton Athletic (BBC Sport), the midfielder had hoped to establish himself as a Reds regular, but in his three seasons at Anfield he never once made over 20 league appearances.
The current Newcastle United ace took it upon himself to leave the club in 2013 to join Swansea City, which was arguably the making of him.
In the eyes of Shelvey though, his exit might have come a bit too soon.
He said, as quoted by Chronicle Live: “I probably shouldn’t have left Liverpool. I had the option to stay but I felt I had to go away as I was at that age where I wanted to play football matches.
“You’d get a game one week, big players would come back and you’d be out of the team next week.
“I came away from Liverpool and kinda had regrets. But it is what it is. I played a lot of football at Swansea and that helped me get a move to Newcastle.”
Shelvey might have regrets, but he hasn’t had such a bad career since leaving the Merseyside giants.
He really came into his own at the Liberty Stadium and was a great fit for their style under Michael Laudrup and Garry Monk.
As he says, his form for the Welsh club helped him get a move to a huge club in Newcastle, and there is time left yet in his career for him to get back to a club of Liverpool’s size.
One thing he’ll need to make that a reality is regular game time, something he hasn’t got this term thanks in-part to some injury problems.
He has been linked with a summer exit, with West Ham named as potential suitors (The Daily Mail, March 2019).