Former Reds defender Rob Jones has backed Martin Kelly to get over his injury concerns and become a Liverpool star.
The 23-year-old was expected to develop into a first team regular by now since making his debut in the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven. But a string of injury’s have since hampered the full-back’s development.
This coming season Kelly, if he stays fit, is expected to challenge Glen Johnson for the full-back slot, even replace him if he plays good enough.
Rob Jones believes Martin Kelly will make the switch to centre-back in the future, but believes Kelly has a lot offer in the full-back position.
Martin Kelly last season knocked Jose Enrique out of the side forcing England international Johnson to play at left-back, while Kelly was playing at right-back. A serious knee injury in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in September then forced him out of the side for the rest of the season. But Kelly is now ready for pre-season and will challenge Johnson all the way.
“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.”