Jonjo Shelvey went from hero to villain and back again against his former club as Swansea ended Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the Barclays Premier League season in a frenetic draw at the Liberty Stadium.
Shelvey, who left the Reds for south Wales in the summer, fired the Swans into the lead after just 87 seconds.
However, two terrible errors from the midfielder allowed the in-form Daniel Sturridge and Liverpool debutant Victor Moses to put the visitors ahead.
Acknowledged: Michu went straight over to Jonjo Shelvey (right) after netting Swansea’s second goal
However, Shelvey redeemed himself as he laid on an equaliser for Michu.
Brendan Rodgers has brought the Merseysiders to his former club with three wins from three on the board, but they were given a rude awakening when Shelvey rounded £18million signing Mamadou Sakho with ease before curling left-footed into the net.
The England international initially celebrated with gusto but reined himself in in front of the away end.
But he had few reasons to smile just 99 seconds later as a horrible backpass ended with Sturridge scoring his 12th goal in 10 games.
He then compounded the mistake by hitting a pass straight to Moses, who raced away to steer beyond Michel Vorm.
But, with his temper beginning to fray, Shelvey’s clever header set Michu up for his first league goal of the season to cap a remarkable night for the former Charlton man.
Hero: Jonjo Shelvey celebrates scoring against his former club after just one minute
Quick starter: Shelvey struck from close range early on to put the Swans ahead
So much of the build-up had centred on Shelvey’s first meeting with his former employers, and he made a dream start.
The midfielder initially scuffed an attempted volley from Jordan Henderson’s poor header, but regained control to ghost pass Sakho and produce a lovely left-footed finish at the second attempt.
But his joy was brief as, still full of adrenaline, he played a blind backpass and failed to spot Sturridge lurking; the striker needed no second invitation.
Shelvey, perhaps understandably, took a few minutes to regain his composure but was guilty of being too eager to make amends, as he scythed down Philippe Coutinho before blazing well over the bar.
Me again: Daniel Sturridge netted Liverpool’s equaliser after Shelvey had opened the scoring
Off the mark: Chelsea loanee Victor Moses struck on his debut for Liverpool
Get in! Shelvey rushed to the Swansea supporters after his header was converted by Michu
Nice try: Coutinho (left) attempts an overhead kick as Wilfried Bony (right) watches on
Lethal: Michu sniffed out the chance to level things up in the second half