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It Must be Martin Kelly Week at LFC.TV

Martin Kelly is targeting a swift comeback from the hamstring injury he sustained against Bolton – and is confident the fitness problems which have affected him this year will soon be a thing of the past.

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The right-back was forced from the field after half an hour of our 3-1 win against the Trotters but is now eyeing a return to full training.

"We had a scan and it was good news - it was only a slight strain," Kelly told Liverpoolfc.tv. "I'll build up training this week."

Kelly was among the standout performers for Liverpool following Kenny Dalglish's return to the club in January, but his season ended with a hamstring tear acquired at Upton Park on February 27. It looked as though his time in the treatment room was over until this latest set-back, which followed praise from England boss Fabio Capello for his performance against Arsenal.

Despite the disruption to his rapid progress, Kelly is confident the fitness problems will not become a recurring theme.

"I was disappointed because obviously the England manager had talked about me but I know if I keep working hard my time will come," said the 21-year-old. "The first thing I thought was, 'Can I carry on?' We tried a few exercises on the side but I don't think it was worth it. I could have maybe played on but (it was important to) get it right, with the history of hamstring trouble I had last season. I've done quite a lot of work over the last six months. Touch wood this will be the last"

"It's all part of football. You're going to get injuries. This is just a slight injury - no more than two weeks. It should be fine after that, injuries won't trouble me. It's just an unlucky time in the game for me."

Kelly on injury comeback by shopgirl157


Kelly Reacts to Capello's words

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Martin Kelly's life has changed a lot in the last year. Becoming a regular at Liverpool, earning words of praise from the England manager - he's even having to do his own washing after moving away from home.

But the 21-year-old insists the fame and fortune that come with being a Premier League footballer will never change him - and he has more reason than most not to take anything for granted. It wasn't so long ago that Kelly's progress through Liverpool's youth ranks almost stalled completely due to a back injury which kept him off the grass for the most part of two years. The best case scenario may have transpired, with Fabio Capello the latest observer to go public as a fan two weeks ago, but the trauma of this period still lingers in his mind.

"It's exciting as a youth England player to hear that from an England manager but I've not been up there and trained with the senior side yet," said Kelly after the Italian called him a 'really interesting' player who played a 'good, good game' against Arsenal.

"Obviously I can still play for the U21s and helping them qualify for the Euros is the main objective. I've been brought up to have my feet on the ground and that's where they will stay. I don't think you can take anything for granted in football. Things change so quickly. You've got to be on top of your game all the time, there's always competition coming in. You've got to keep working hard because it's a short career and you have to make the most of it."

"The injury made me a stronger character. I missed nearly two years of my growth but if you keep working at it and take your chances - that's what you need to do in football. There are millions of kids out there looking for a chance and (when it comes) you've got to take it."

It is no secret that some Kopites' interest in England extends only to hoping Liverpool's contingent return from games without any injuries. But you won't catch Kelly holding any 'We're not English, we are Scouse' banners.

"One of my all-time ambitions, even if I'm not in the squad, is to see England win a World Cup," he said. "While I'm alive I want to see England win a World Cup because I'm a massive England fan. When it comes to the World Cup and Euros I've always got the England shirt on and I'm with the lads watching it at the local pub.

"It's a massive thing to be thought of to be in that senior squad - it's great to have had a little mention off the England manager."

Capello has shown a willingness to give the next generation of England players a chance, from our own Jordan Henderson to Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Manchester United pair Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

Kelly believes the future is bright.

"The word 'potential' is used a lot and I think the generation coming up that's my age, there's a really good squad there," said the defender, who has two U21 caps in his collection. "There is definitely the quality there to replace the people who are getting a little bit older now. I think it will be exciting times in the next three or four years when my generation grows up and gets into their mid-twenties. We'll have a really good side."

a-fucking-men, Kelly.

Kelly has been schooled as a footballer by Liverpool since the age of seven. He helped our reserves win the league in 2008 before Rafael Benitez brought him off the substitutes' bench for a debut against PSV later that year. A loan move to Huddersfield Town in West Yorkshire followed, where he earned superlative reviews from coach Terry McDermott.

Liverpool fans had to wait until a Champions League clash with Lyon in October 2009 to really see what Kelly was about, with the youngster performing like a seasoned pro on his first competitive start.

Through all of this he stayed at home, where mum and dad would cook his meals and wash his clothes. That remained the case until earlier this year when he finally acquired his own place.

"I've been moved out five months now and I'm still missing my mum and dad's cooking," he said. "They usually come to mine and do it though. It's a big change but you've got to take that step some time. I've settled in now and I've got great neighbours, and I'm always going back to my mum and dad's, mainly for food. I can do my own washing and drying. It's good to live on your own and have your own time and space."

With his life transformed beyond recognition, Kelly is now as familiar to the viewers of Match of the Day as he is the gateman at Melwood.

So what's the best thing about being a Premier League footballer?

"The best thing is playing for one of the top sides in the world," he said. "It's the best feeling you can have because of the amount of people who love football in this country. To be doing it on such a big stage is something that dreams are made of. I've been able to turn one of my dreams as a kid into a reality."

Kelly on Capello and England by shopgirl157


Lots of Liverpool fans have been asking why the players are often photographed flicking each other's ears in training, so we got one of Kenny Dalglish's first-team stars to reveal all.

Martin Kelly kindly explained what is going on in the picture above during an interview with Liverpoolfc.tv earlier this week.

He said: "It's a game we play and having your ears flicked is the forfeit you have if you are in the box when the whistle blows. You don't want to be in the box. There are two in the box against the people outside who are trying to keep the ball from you. It's a mixture of the young lads who get their ears flicked. We get a bit stitched up sometimes. You don't see many of the senior players getting stitched up. Put it this way - Carragher's never getting his ears flicked!"

"There's not necessarily something going on but it's usually some of the young lads - maybe they just bottle it at the last minute! I've not had many flickings, luckily. I usually pass it to the person next to me just before the whistle goes"

"Training is enjoyable. Most days now training finishes and we're asking to stay out a bit more to do shooting. We don't want to go home. Sometimes the manager has to settle us down a little bit because we're enjoying it that much out there. It's definitely bringing us together as a team and when we do the formation work, we concentrate hard. We have to take that into a game and we understand that."


Flawless man is flawless. Special thanks to scruby for the GIFS and video uploads! Martin Ronald Kelly TYFYT and would like a tag up in here plz tyvm
Tags: club: liverpool fc, fa cup, fabio capello, nt: england, oh god please yes

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