Newcastle lost 3-1 to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday despite taking an early lead through Jetro Willems.

A brace from Sadio Mane and one from Mo Salah secured all three points for the hosts, as Newcastle dropped down to 17th.

One player who divided opinion was Jonjo Shelvey, who came in for the injured Sean Longstaff.

These Newcastle fans reacted to Shelvey’s performance…

A good point…

Show pony?

Look at it…

Can they?

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Looked good…

Carrying Shelvey?


Naturally, Shelvey is bound to get more time on the ball against Brighton at home than Liverpool away. Liverpool’s midfielders were constantly closing down and looking to win the ball back, whilst Brighton may take a more reserved approach and allow Shelvey time to pick passes and dictate the play from deep.

There is no denying that Shelvey can be a passenger against the bigger sides, as he fails to track runners from deep and is far too easily bypassed in midfield by top players. 

However, a home game against Brighton appears to suit Shelvey down to a tee and could be his chance to impress Steve Bruce.

Should Shelvey start against Brighton?