Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has told Sky Sports that he is somewhat regretful at leaving Liverpool in the summer of 2013 – just three years after completing a move to Anfield from Charlton Athletic.
Shelvey, 28, has become an established Premier League midfielder after spells with Liverpool, Swansea and now Newcastle United – and has even clocked up six caps for England. He is a key member of the Toon side, and one of the senior players.
In 2010, Shelvey completed a move to Liverpool but after just three years and 69 senior outings – he chose to leave Anfield for Welsh outfit Swansea in order to become first choice, rather than just a fringe player in a deal worth £5million (Telegraph).
Shelvey has since clocked up 131 appearances for Newcastle after completing a £12million (Guardian) move to the Toon in January 2016. Reflecting on his decision to leave Liverpool aged just 21, Shelvey says with hindsight he should have stayed.
“When you’re playing once and then not playing for six games, I don’t care what any footballer says, you don’t feel involved. You don’t feel part of the team,” Shelvey said.
“I think that was the feeling I wanted but, in hindsight, should I have stayed? Probably, yeah. Even if it was only for another year or two, just to see how things changed. But it is what it is at the end of the day. I can’t say I’ve got too many regrets.”
TBR’s view – Would Shelvey have developed further at Liverpool?
Having tasted first-team football at Charlton and then Liverpool, Shelvey needed to gain regular game time to progress – but in a side that boasted plenty of possession, given one of Shelvey’s best traits is his passing.
Shelvey needed to be slightly more patient and with any luck, he could have been a regular in the Liverpool side – especially given he played 69 times all before the age of 22. Had he remained, he could have been an England regular.