‘Liverpool’s Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas really talented players’

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly hails new signings Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas as "really talented players"

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Brendan Rodgers has already made four signings this summer Photo: Back Page Images

Martin Kelly has hailed Liverpool’s new signings Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas as “really talented players”.

Brendan Rodgers completed deals for the two Spaniards in June, with Aspas joining from Celta Vigo, while Alberto left Sevilla to move to Anfield.

The pair cost a combined £15m, and Kelly has been impressed by the new arrivals at the Merseyside outfit as the defender makes his return from injury.

“They are new to me but I’ve seen in training already what they can do,” Kelly told Liverpool’s website.

“They have both got really quick feet and now it’s just a case of them settling into English culture. I’m sure they’ll be hitting the gym – that’s what most foreign players seem to have to do when they come over here as the Premier League is more physical than other leagues.

“They seem like great lads and really talented players.”

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.

And the right-back is aiming to break back into Hodgson’s squad for the 2014 World Cup as the 22-year-old continues his recovery from last season’s injury.

“With Roy [Hodgson] being the England manager, I’m sure he will be looking.

“But for me at the start of the season I just need to concentrate on doing well for Liverpool. I need to show why Brendan Rodgers gave me the new contract. I need to give Brendan and Liverpool something back and show why he has faith in me.

“My first target is to get my fitness up, crack on and get back to where I was at the start of last season.

“In football, things can change quickly. If I take my chance again and do well then I’m sure the England manager will be watching.”

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