"Jay is a top, top player. I think he has proved that when he's in the team," Shelvey told liverpoolfc.tv.
"I felt really sorry for him against Fulham when he was shown the red card. I thought it was a proper old fashioned tackle.
"I look up to Jay, even though I've played more games in my career. He's been around the Liverpool squad for a long time where it's harder to get games."