If Ray Parlour was the Romford Pele then Jonjo Shelvey is the Romford Zidane and Essex’s answer to Zizou can make his presence felt on a humdrum Liverpool midfield in the Capital One Cup fourth round.
Shelvey was deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield in the summer of 2013.
However, he has given Brendan Rodgers plenty of cause to question the wisdom selling him since, bagging home and away against the Merseysiders last term.
The former Charlton youth product can be backed at 4/1 to score against Liverpool for their third successive meeting in the League Cup encounter.
What’s more the ever-accommodating bwin layers will reward his backers whether he finds the net during normal time, extra time or even the penalty shoot out should one be required.
Last season’s Liberty Stadium encounter famously saw the 22-year-old not only net the opener but go on to have a hand in the three goals that followed during a 2-2 draw.
He has already reminded punters of his knack for finding the net within the corridors of Premier League power this term when striking late on against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Bagging against a Liverpool outfit that have kept two clean sheets in 13 games across all competitions this season should be somewhat easier than doing so against the division’s second-best defence.
Home assistant manager Colin Pascoe has confirmed that the Reds’ deck will be shuffled for the fixture too, affording Shelvey an even more hospitable reception.
Swansea, on the other hand, are widely expected to send out a strong team as they seek a repeat of the victory the secured at Anfield at the self-same stage on the way to lifting the Capital One Cup two seasons ago.
Garry Monk’s visitors are 3/1 outsiders for a normal time victory, while their hosts are 4/5 to progress within regulation minutes, with the draw a 14/5 chance.