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Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey sent a message of appreciation to Liverpool supporters after having a unique influence in his first match against the Reds since leaving Anfield during the summer.
The England international put the Welsh side ahead with a calm finish within minutes of kick-off at the Liberty Stadium, but made mistakes which led to goals for Daniel Sturridge and Victor Moses.
His final decisive contribution occurred midway through the second half, when his flicked header allowed Spanish striker Michu to direct a strike beyond Simon Mignolet and secure a 2-2 draw.
"My emotions are a bit up and down, to be honest," the 21-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com post-match.
"I gifted Liverpool the two goals; I started off so well, scoring, and then two minutes later gave Sturridge a sitter.
"Then a rubbish pass which was cut out by Moses, who scored. But then luckily I flicked a header on and Michu scored.
"It's difficult in there because it's not just Stevie, you've got Lucas and Coutinho, Sturridge dropping off and then Henderson coming in the hole as well. It was difficult.
"But what an achievement to say you've played against Steven Gerrard and played with him."
Shelvey spent three years with the Reds following his switch in 2010, making 69 appearances in Liverpool colours and chipping in with seven goals.
The Londoner admitted that finding the target against his former side was an enjoyable experience but shared a number of sentiments regarding his time on Merseyside.
"There's no point lying about it - it's a good feeling. It's something that you can't really explain," he said of his opener.
"I tried my best not to celebrate and I did apologise to the Liverpool fans.
"I'm enjoying it down here, living down here; me and my missus have got a lovely house and a baby on the way.
"It was a big thing to come away from Liverpool and a lot of things have been said in the media about the way I have gone about it. I just want to say I have never bad-mouthed Liverpool.
"I'm grateful for what they have done for me; ever since I signed there, the fans were first-class and I'll always appreciate that."
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