Liverpool youngster Martin Kelly is hoping to get his chance in next weekend's Merseyside derby against Everton.

The 21-year-old defender was an unused substitute the last time the Reds traveled to Goodison Park, although got a taste of the fiery atmosphere that comes in such a match during the 2-2 draw at Anfield.

And after impressing in his second Barclays Premier League appearance of the season against Wolves on Saturday, the versatile centre back is keeping his fingers crossed ahead of the trip across Stanley Park.

"I'm really looking forward to playing in the derby if I'm selected," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"I was on the bench there last season and it was a tough game. They started well and put us under pressure. We'll be looking for the win but it's a derby day and it's always difficult."


 

After some long-standing hamstring issues, the player now believes he's reaching a physical peak after making a full recovery from the problems that affected him last season.

With the help of the medical staff at Melwood, Kelly was worked into shape for the clash against Mick McCarthy's side, and is eager to get the chance to stop David Moyes' men at high noon on Saturday.

"I'm feeling good. The medical staff have worked me a lot this week to keep me on top of the hamstring injury," he continued.

"It was about being sensible against Wolves and I thought I did that. I'm made up I've played the last two games and I'm feeling fitter than ever."

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