Shelvey feels a scapegoat for Liverpool loss at Stoke

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has complained that he is being made a scapegoat by manager Brendan Rodgers for the Reds’ Boxing Day defeat by Premier League rivals Stoke City, Sky Sports has reported.

Rodgers’ side went down to a 3-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium and since then, Shelvey has appeared for the Liverpool first team only twice, both in the FA Cup, including Liverpool’s elimination from the competition by League One Oldham Athletic.

Prior to the loss to the Potters, Shelvey was a regular under Rodgers, appearing in 14 league games and 24 in total, winning a first senior England cap against San Marino in October, Sky Sports adds. Shelvey also scored five goals for the club, netting frequently in the Europa League as Liverpool reached the knockout rounds and a fixture with Zenit St. Petersburg.

Shelvey is in the England Under-21 squad to play Sweden in a friendly on Tuesday and has spoken about his unhappiness at appearing to have been cast aside by Rodgers. He said: “I played against Stoke and obviously I didn’t have too great a game.

I had a few personal issues that were going on in my life. I didn’t think I was the only one that had a bad game that day but I was the one that suffered, if you know what I mean.

You just have to take it on the chin and work hard in training and try to get myself back in the team, which I’m trying to do.

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