Liverpool’s Martin Kelly is one to watch out for, says Rob Jones
Former Liverpool defender Rob Jones backs youngster Martin Kelly to bounce back from his injury woes and become a Reds star
Rob Jones has backed Liverpool youngster Martin Kelly to become a Reds star once the defender overcomes his injury problems.
The 23-year-old was expected to develop into a Liverpool first-team regular after making his debut against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League in 2008.
But the Whiston-born defender has been limited to 35 Reds appearances in the intervening years as a string of injury setbacks hampered the full-back’s progress at Anfield.
Kelly, who was part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad at Euro 2012, has spent the past 10 months recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury which occurred in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United last September.
But Jones, whose own Liverpool career was cut short due to a reoccurring knee injury, backed Kelly to bounce back and become a Liverpool regular, tipping the England international to move from full-back into a centre-half role.
“It’s a pity Martin Kelly picked up that injury [against United],” Jones told The Sport Review.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him develop. I think he will move from right-back into the centre.”
He added: “But at full-back, he’s quick and strong. When he was playing at right-back, he was getting forward and he was good on the ball – plus he’s obviously got the height.
“I think he has everything, so I’m looking forward to seeing if he can stay fit. I think Kelly is one to watch out for.”
On Kelly’s injury problems, Jones, who made 243 Liverpool appearances, added: “I know the feeling. I feel sorry for him.
“This can happen to some players. I know the Liverpool staff are working hard on him.
“Sometimes it’s just about strengthening certain areas.
“The last injury was a long-term one. He’ll be working through it all pre-season and hopefully he’ll come back at the start of the season.”