The points were shared this evening between Swansea City and Liverpool after they battled out a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium and after the game, both Jonjo Shelvey and Daniel Sturridge spoke to Sky Sports.
Swansea goalscorer Jonjo Shelvey on Sky Sports:
“I just want to say sorry to the Swansea fans for the two bad mistakes that gifted Liverpool a draw and I thought we deserved more than that.
“I did not really want to celebrate when I scored – I still have respect for the fans and loved every minute at Liverpool, but it is hard to contain emotions.
“You just want to go into a hole where nobody can see you [when you give the ball away for the other team to score] but it has happened to great players over time.
“I showed a bit of character to keep getting on the ball. I still feel I have given Liverpool a draw but it was a great game to play in.”
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on Sky Sports:
“I think in the end we showed character not to lose and we almost won at the end. We are disappointed but we will push on and try and win the next.
“For the first goal I just anticipated that he would knock it back and was there at the right time and took advantage. It is not about me though, we are disappointed with the result.
“To be honest I don’t feel fit, I trained with the team for the first time on Friday.”
As well as the two goalscorers, both Michael Laudrop and Brendan Rodgers spoke to Sky Sports reporters and they had this to say.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup:
“The way we came back in the second half was excellent. It was a really difficult first half, after having the best start of all.
“The goals came from huge mistakes. But that is part of the game.
“We got the equaliser, and in the end it was a very good point for us on a night which could have gone wrong for us with some of the things we did wrong in the first half.
“Shelvey scored the goals, made two big mistakes. I left him on, and he did great in the second half.
“He is only 21, and I think he came out of it in a good way in the second half. He will learn from this, and that is important.
“It was important for us to start well as in these three weeks when we have seven games.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers:
“I thought for the first 65 minutes we were very, very good with and without the ball. We had to show character after going behind so early.
“I thought we were terrific for 65 minutes. We scored two good goals, and in the last 25 minutes we had to show defensive resilience.
“This will be a really big point for us.
“Philippe Coutinho’s substitution interrupted our flow. Iago Aspas is more of a striking player.
“Victor Moses has always played really well here. I had a feeling for him tonight, he scored here last year for Chelsea.
“Jonjo Shelvey is an outstanding young player. Tonight is a part of his learning.
“He knows he has things in his game that he needs to improve on, and he will only do that from playing. Tonight was a steep learning curve for him.
“Very soon, we have one of the best players in the world [Luis Suarez] to come back into our team. I think we will get better and better as the season goes on.”