Gerrard advised me to stay at Liverpool, says Swansea new boy Shelvey

Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has revealed that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard advised him to remain at Anfield rather than move to the Liberty Stadium this summer, Sky Sports has reported.

Shelvey spent three years at Anfield but struggled to establish himself under Brendan Rodgers, the former Swansea boss who took over on Merseyside last summer. And when Shelvey confided in Gerrard that he was thinking of leaving, the more experienced Gerrard said he should be patient because his chance would come.

But Shelvey felt he had to move on sooner rather than later, saying: “I said to him (Gerrard) that I might have to go elsewhere to get football. He told me ‘stay here, you’ll get your chance’ and it was great to hear that from him but I felt I needed to get away.

You probably think I’m mad because that’s turning him down to stay there but I felt I had to come away to play. I’m lucky that I’ve found my feet at a club like Swansea.

Shelvey however maintains a great deal of respect for Gerrard, praising the England skipper for his influence on his career but adding he felt he had to branch out. “I’ve always tried to emulate him as a player. He has always been my favourite player but I suppose there comes a time in your life when you can’t copy him. You have got to be your own player.

I’m not going out there every game and saying ‘I’ve got be like Steven Gerrard’. I play the way I play and if that’s the way he plays then brilliant because I’d be happy to have half the career he’s had.

Shelvey is likely to come up against Gerrard on Monday evening as Rodgers takes his current employers back to his old home, with unbeaten Liverpool travelling to south Wales, where they recorded a goalless draw last season.

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