LIVERPOOL FC’s Martin Kelly spoke about the competition he faces when he returns from the unfortunate knee injury he sustained during Liverpool’s match against Manchester United, whilst also hinting that a return to his natural role at centre-back is not to be discounted in the future.
Kelly broke into the Liverpool first team in 2010 and was able to hold down a regular starting place, however his rise through the ranks has been cut short this season. During his absence from the playing field, Liverpool have further increased their defensive arsenal with the emergence of Andre Wisdom from the Academy.
This new talent has not daunted Kelly though, as he is very much looking forward to the fresh challenge to force his way into Brendan Rodgers’ defensive plans.
When speaking to Liverpoolfc.com he stated:
”It’s always good at any club to have competition for places. Whether you are looking to take someone’s place, or you are looking behind at someone who is pushing for yours, it’s always a great thing to have. It helps you progress as a player.”
Kelly’s primary position in the youth ranks was at centre-back, however when he took the step up to the first team he was a predominant presence at right-back. Yet, Kelly has spoke of his ambitions to one day return to his initial position in the Reds’ 1st team.
”Once I’m fit, if I just keep working and stay injury free, my game can progress really well and I can be dangerous as a full-back and at centre-back.”
Kelly concluded the interview on the topic of Liverpool’s 35 year old veteran, Jamie Carragher, who is retiring at the end of the season.
”He’s been fantastic for the club and for me personally as a player. Pretty much every time I have played he has been there alongside me. He has helped me through each game. I’ll be really sad when he goes because there is so much more there for me to learn from Jamie. I’m sure he’ll be around the club anyway, so he’ll always be able to offer that experience.
“But he is a great player, a great person and I’ll be very sad to see him retire.”