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Jonjo Shelvey had a hand in all four goals as his former club Liverpool returned to top spot in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-2 draw against Swansea City.
The midfielder scored the first goal after just two minutes before twice giving the ball away for Daniel Sturridge and Victor Moses respectively to score and put Liverpool ahead at the break. However, Shelvey atoned for his errors, heading into the path of Michu to equalise after 63 minutes as Liverpool dropped points for the first time this season.
Brendan Rodgers handed debuts to two of his deadline-day acquisitions, with Mamadou Sakho and Moses both making their Liverpool bows. For Swansea, Leon Britton and Nathan Dyer replaced Jose Canas and Pablo Hernandez.
Shelvey opened his account for the Welsh club early on as his former club conceded for the first time in the league this term. The 21-year-old miscued a volley from the edge of the area but picked up the loose ball, evaded a challenge in the box and steered a calm finish past Simon Mignolet.
The player’s night took a turn for the worse two minutes later as his loose backpass towards Michel Vorm found Sturridge. August's Barclays Player of the Month made no mistake as he pounced to equalise and, in the process, become the first player to score in each of Liverpool's first four games of a Barclays Premier League season.
After the two early goals, chances were few until the 25th minute, when Moses dug out a cross from the left for Sturridge, whose close-range header forced a scrambled save from Vorm. Michu and Wilfried Bony linked well for Swansea just short of the half-hour, only for the Ivorian to shoot at Mignolet.
Liverpool went ahead eight minutes before the break as Moses seized on another sloppy pass from Shelvey to race through and fire past Vorm. Bony almost levelled after Mignolet parried Dyer's save shortly after but Martin Skrtel got to the loose ball first to keep his side ahead.
Andre Wisdom brought a good save from Vorm seven minutes into the second half, after the Dutchman had parried a Jordan Henderson effort. Shelvey's eventful night continued three minutes after the hour when he neatly nodded the ball into Michu's path for the Spaniard to level the scores from close range.
Jonathan de Guzman saw a late free-kick tipped wide by Mignolet as Swansea finished the game on top without finding a winner. The hosts climb to 13th, while Liverpool edge ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the summit.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It was a great performance in the second half after a very difficult first half. We had to perform better in the second half and the boys did an excellent job.
"Of course, when you do that [Shelvey’s goal then error] you go from heaven to hell in a couple of minutes. He’s only 21, but I said, 'Come on, you have to learn from this', and I think he did great. He will come stronger out of this because his reaction to what happened was excellent."
VIDEO: Michael Laudrup press conference to follow
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Tonight a point is good for us. The first 65 minutes of the game we were very good with and without the ball. We showed great character to come from behind so early on in the game and [Philippe] Coutinho going off probably disrupted the flow of our game. It was two teams that were offensive and wanted to win the game. We came here to maintain our winning streak but it's important that when you can't win, you don't lose.
"Jonjo is a very, very good young player and he showed that in his first goal by getting in the box and putting it [his goal] away well. He needs nights like this. I didn't want him to go and he probably didn't want to go but he knew it was in his best interests as a young footballer to go and play. He got caught out a couple of times, which obviously led to our goals, but he'll be better for the experience and he'll develop into a very good player."
VIDEO: Brendan Rodgers press conference to follow
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