Shelvey has taken the full front of Liverpool fans' frustrations as the team seems certain to end 2012 with their lowest points tally since three points for a win was introduced in 1981.
A selection of Liverpool fans seem to be at odds with manager Brendan Rodgers, who only two weeks ago heaped praise on the 20-year-old after his display vs. West Ham in an ESPN story:
But you see young Jonjo Shelvey at 20 years of age playing the number nine role in a different way - dropping into midfield and combining with players to make the extra man, being a threat when he is in around the box, showing great feet and I thought he was outstanding.
Shelvey isn’t the first footballer who has had to delete his Twitter account due to abuse. In October of this year Tottenham’s Kyle Walker deleted his Twitter account after receiving abuse from his own fans in the wake of his side’s 4-2 defeat at home to Chelsea.
Shelvey is also not the first Liverpool player to remove his Twitter account this season after attacks by home fans. Starlet Raheem Sterling was forced to temporarily take down his account after he received abuse surrounding a supposed £50,000-a-week wage demand.
All of this will come as an unwelcome distraction as Liverpool prepare to face the Premier League’s bottom club, QPR, on Sunday. Last season Liverpool let a two-goal lead slip and eventually shipped three goals in 13 minutes. Last season’s result saw QPR pull out of the relegation zone and kickstart their route to Premier League survival.
A selection of unsavoury comments to Shelvey from home support can be found here.