Rodgers: Kelly will get games

Manager Brendan Rodgers expects Martin Kelly to be a valuable member of his Liverpool squad next season.

Last Updated: 19/05/14 at 09:49 Post Comment

Martin Kelly: Brendan Rodgers expects defender to play more next season

Martin Kelly: Brendan Rodgers expects defender to play more next season

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The young defender has only featured 15 times since Rodgers took over at Anfield with a serious knee injury curtailing a promising run at the start of the 2012-13 season.

He was sidelined for more than a year and struggled to earn a place in Rodgers' deeper squad this season with only two starts, both of those coming in the FA Cup.

Kelly featured in the end-of-season friendly with Shamrock Rovers last week and Rodgers feels he will come into his own next year when Liverpool have the added, but positive, fixture congestion a return to the Champions League provides.

"Martin has been really unfortunate," Rodgers told Liverpoolfc.com. "He was out for a year, he came back this season and at the beginning of the season we put him into some games.

"But as the season wore on and we were concentrating on one game a week, it was very difficult for him to get games.

"He's a quality player and he's a good guy as well - he knows the club inside out. He's been around for a long time and the game against Shamrock Rovers was his first game for a number of months.

"He played at centre-half, as opposed to right-back, where he has played a lot. He's a good guy and there will be games next year for the likes of him to come and play in if we continue to qualify in the competitions."

Maybe not next season, but my CB pairing for the future is Kelly/Sakho. Quality players who are still only 24 .. plenty of growth still to come!
- stringman04

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