Jonjo Shelvey believes Liverpool undervalued him. He highlights his ‘cheap’ sale as an example.
Jonjo Shelvey was once one of the bright prospects at Liverpool. They brought him in from League One Charlton Athletic back in 2010 and the teenager made 15 Premier League appearances in his first season.
It was off to the Championship with Blackpool for his second year and Shelvey bagged six goals in 10 games there. Liverpool cut his spell short, though – injuries meant they needed him.
He’d play another 13 Premier League games before the season ended. His third campaign brought another 19.
By this point, Shelvey was 21 and had 47 Premier League games under his belt. He had an England cap, too, from the previous October.
Yet Liverpool sold Shelvey for just £5m to Swansea City in July 2013. This wasn’t a last-year-of-the-deal situation, either – he’d signed a new ‘long-term’ contract just the year before.
Shelvey, though, wanted to leave, as he explained in an interview with the Studs Up Podcast.
“I wanted to go somewhere and not worry about if you have one bad game you’re still going to play, and I’d had that at Charlton, he said.
“When you go to Liverpool, you play a game and someone comes back from injury and they’ve got a bigger name and they’re straight back in the team even if you’d done really well – I wanted to get away from that.”
As for the transfer, Shelvey was clear: “I would say I was quite cheap at the time.”
And he’d be absolutely right.
What RTK has to say
Liverpool sold Rhian Brewster – a player with zero Premier League appearances – for £23.5m last year. Yes, it’s been seven years but the market hasn’t changed that much.
It feels like Liverpool would get a small fortune for Shelvey now. They certainly wouldn’t settle for a pittance.
He was a 21-year-old with plenty of Premier League experience, an England cap, and seemingly high potential. Yet they just sort of gave him up.
In hindsight, it was a terrible decision. At the very least, it should have been a loan deal to try and drive his price up.
Shelvey moved for £12m to Newcastle United just two-and-a-half years later. This one was certainly a mistake from Liverpool – and one they wouldn’t make anymore.