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Shelvey apologises after Swansea City draw with Liverpool

Swansea City Manager Michael Laudrup Photo: ITV News

Swansea City's match against Liverpool was always going to be an interesting clash.

First of all, we had ex-Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers facing current manager Michael Laudrup on the touchline.

Then we had a Liverpool side on great form - and then the man who was the centre of attention for reasons both positive and negative, Jonjo Shelvey, who had left Liverpool for Swansea in the summer to get more of a chance to play.

To the great excitement of the crowd, Shelvey scored a goal after only 87 seconds, which got the home fans on their feet and roaring their approval.

But he also made two mistakes that helped his old side to two goals, including the Sturridge equaliser.

Michael Laudrup said Shelvey had showed a lot of character in coming back from what must have been feelings of great disappointment.

And Shelvey's performance was something that was on the mind of his former boss, Brendan Rodgers, who also had words of encouragement for the youngster.

Meanwhile Swansea City will again expect to be without Pablo Hernandez for the clash against his old club Valencia on Thursday, with Laudrup predicting that he will also be out for the Crystal Palace game with a hamstring injury.

Wilfried Bony also picked up a rib injury in last night's game.

The Europa League Match will be shown on ITV4 on Thursday at 6pm.