Swansea manager Garry Monk has spoken out on his frustration with midfielder Jonjo Shelvey’s disciplinary issues, describing his latest indiscretion as ‘lazy’.
Monk revealed that he has spoken privately with the player about picking up needless yellow cards on a number of occasions previously.
However, now it seems that he is pondering dropping Shelvey if the England international cannot exhibit more responsibility, with the manager saying:
“Jonjo has to learn very quickly from it, otherwise he won’t play games, it is as simple as that.”
Yet it seems like too much of a coincidence that the Liberty Stadium puppet master finally decided to go public with his admonishments a day before Shelvey’s return to Anfield.
The Romford-born midfielder was shipped out the club by Brendan Rodgers, but he has taken every opportunity to punish his ex-manager since, scoring twice and assisting one more goal in three games against his former employers.
His resolve sharpened by Monk’s timely tough love, Shelvey looks a decent 15/4 bet to find the net at any time during proceedings on Merseyside.
The 22-year-old was one of the inspirations behind Swansea ending a lean spell of seven straight Premier League away games without a win at Hull two starts back.
Not only did he set up Ki Sung-Yueng’s winner, but he struck the post at the KC Stadium for good measure.
With injury to Brad Jones necessitating the return of the under-fire Simon Mignolet to the Liverpool net, Shelvey’s love of a long-range effort could prove particularly potent.
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Swansea are 4/1 outsiders for success against a Liverpool side with one win in their last five at Anfield, with the hosts the 3/4 favourites and the draw priced up at 11/4.