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Kelly unfazed by competition

23 February 2013 15:38

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly has vowed to fight for his place when he recovers from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The 22-year-old made 20 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions last season, but has only featured seven times under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

With the right-back remaining on the sidelines, Andre Wisdom and Glen Johnson have been fighting for the starting position – a tussle Kelly is relishing the opportunity of being involved in.

"It's always good at any club to have competition for places," he told the club's website.

"Whether you are looking to take someone's place, or you are looking behind at someone who is pushing for yours, it's always a great thing to have. It helps you progress as a player.

"At Liverpool, the competition is at its highest because it is a top club. But I can learn from everyone in the team, not just the defenders."

Kelly said: "Once I'm fit, if I just keep working and stay injury free, my game can progress really well and I can be dangerous as a full-back and a centre-back."

With Jamie Carragher retiring at the end of the season, Kelly could potentially fit into a new role as a centre-back.

The young England international said Carragher's experience would be a huge loss to the club.

"He's been fantastic for the club and for me personally as a player," Kelly said.

"Pretty much every time I have played he has been there alongside me. He has helped me through each game.

"I'll be really sad when he goes because there is so much more there for me to learn from Jamie. I'm sure he'll be around the club anyway, so he'll always be able to offer that experience.

"But he is a great player, a great person and I'll be very sad to see him retire."

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