Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Johnson is the role model for Kelly

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly has revealed that his role model at Anfield is right-back Glen Johnson.

The 19-year-old deputised for Johnson in last month's defeat to Lyon and his similarities to the England international were noted by many observers.

"He's a great player - England's first-choice right-back. There's no one better to model yourself on. It's great to watch him and play with him in training," Kelly told the Reds' official website.

"I thought I did well against Lyon. It was my debut and there was pressure - it was my big chance. I thought I took it well.

"Rafa picks the team and there is a great squad here, but as long as I am in and around the squad and training with them, then it can only help me. If I keep working hard I hope I'll get another chance."

Unfortunately that game against Lyon ended in injury for Kelly, but he is keen to continue his development once his ankle problem has cleared after his latest setback.

"I came back but in my first training session I knocked it again. I went for a scan on Sunday and it showed I have a little strain on my ankle. It's another seven to 10 days," he explained.

"It's a setback but I've just got to work hard with the physios to try and get back as soon as possible.

"As a footballer you are going to get injuries. The thing that matters is how you come back from them.

"Obviously I was gutted with the timing of it."

"There's been a few injuries around the first team so I could have got another chance but I'm still young and hopefully when I'm back I'll have more chances to show what I can do."

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