Shelvey revealed that in their team-talks, manager Brendan Rodgers and captain Steven Gerrard had emphasised the need to get Liverpool's season on track at the end of the week in which the Hillsborough report had exposed the truth about the tragedy.
"Stevie G always has words of inspiration for us before kick-off,' said Shelvey after the 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.
"His message was 'Do it for the Hillsborough Fans. The 96 who died.'' What happened this week was an inspiration for us. The Liverpool fans fought for years to get that verdict and we wanted to come to a stadium like this in our first match since, and do it for them."