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Liverpool defender Kelly ready to fight for a place in the first team

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By Josh Harris

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly insists he is back from his injury and ready to take his opportunity, having suffered cruciate ligament problems over a year ago, writes The Mirror.

Martin Kelly

Kelly, 23, made his third substitute appearance of the season during Saturday’s 4-1 win over West Ham and believes he is now ready to start playing more regularly.

"It has taken longer than I hoped to get back to this level but that's been brought on by us not being in the Europa League or having a run in the League Cup,” he said.

"I was made up to get on against West Ham and now I need to keep progressing.

"Ask anyone who has had a long-term injury and they'll tell you it's tough to get back to the level you were at before.

"It's a case of biding my time, being patient and making sure when the manager gives me another opportunity, I am ready to take it."

Kelly ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament last year against Manchester United and has spent a lengthy spell on the sidelines, while Liverpool have made an impressive start to the season under Brendan Rodgers.

But the 23-year-old will face stiff competition to get back into the first-team, with a number of defenders pushing for a place in Rodgers’ starting line-up this campaign.

Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure, Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel and John Flanagan are all giving the Liverpool boss a headache each week as he attempts to work out the best defensive line, as the Reds currently have the worst defensive record out of the top six in the Premier League.

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