Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reds Reject Finds Some Redemption for Swansea

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reds Reject Finds Some Redemption for Swansea

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JONJO Shelvey went from hero to villain and back again against his former club as Swansea ended Liverpool's 100% start to the Barclays Premier League season in a frenetic draw at the Liberty Stadium. Shelvey, who left the Reds for south Wales in the summer, fired the Swans into the lead after just 87 seconds.

However, two terrible errors from the midfielder allowed the in-form Daniel Sturridge and Liverpool debutant Victor Moses to put the visitors ahead. However, Shelvey redeemed himself as he laid on an equaliser for Michu.

Brendan Rodgers has brought the Merseysiders to his former club with three wins from three on the board, but they were given a rude awakening when Shelvey rounded PS18million signing Mamadou Sakho with ease before curling left-footed into the net.

The England international initially celebrated with gusto but reined himself in in front of the away end.

But he had few reasons to smile just 99 seconds later as a horrible backpass ended with Sturridge scoring his 12th goal in 10 games.

He then compounded the mistake by hitting a pass straight to Moses, who raced away to steer beyond Michel Vorm.

But, with his temper beginning to fray, Shelvey's clever header set Michu up for his first league goal of the season to cap a remarkable night for the former Charlton man.

Meanwhile, Kevin Nolan is confi-dent WestHam have the firepower to succeed during former Reds striker Andy Carroll's absence.

The 24-year-old made the move to east London permanent for a club record fee that could rise to PS17.5million after spending last season with the Hammers on loan from Liverpool.

However, Gateshead-born Carroll has yet to line up for Sam Allardyce's side since then, with a foot complaint the latest in a long line of injuries which could rule him out until the new year.

It leaves West Ham light in terms of attacking options, with Modibo Maiga, wantaway Ricardo Vaz Te and new signing Mladen Petric facing the unenviable task of filling the void. …

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