Liverpool FC News: MARTIN KELLY is on a mission to establish himself as a Liverpool regular after signing a new contract.
The 20-year-old Academy graduate penned a deal last week to keep him at Anfield until 2014.
Whiston-born Kelly, who has made 12 appearances under Roy Hodgson so far this season, said: “Since I was first able to kick a football, all I’ve wanted to do to is play for Liverpool.
“I need to keep pushing and progressing now I’ve got the contract. The hard work starts now to try to make a name for myself in the team.
“I’ve settled in a lot more this season and found myself getting used to the players.
“It’s great being around the players that are in our squad because of their quality and it’s the best place to be at in terms of helping my development.
“At the minute I’m enjoying it. I’ve been at Liverpool since I was seven, and the feeling I’m getting playing for Liverpool and getting the chances I’m getting – I don’t want it to stop.”
With Jamie Carragher out until at least February with a shoulder injury, Kelly is hoping to be called into action on a regular basis.
“Jamie is our best defender, the one who brings our team forward, who tells everyone on the pitch what they’re doing and he’s going to be a massive loss,” Kelly added.
“If the boss needs me to fill in any position along the back four then hopefully I can do that.
“I’ve got to take the chances I get but I just hope Jamie gets back as soon as possible as we’ll miss him.”