Martin Kelly's emergence has been one of the highlights of a stuttering season for Liverpool so far.
The 20-year-old has been a key figure in recent weeks for the Reds and Kenny Dalglish admits it's like the club have found a 'new signing'.
"Martin's done very well for the club," he told the official Liverpool website. "He's like a new signing for the club because that's four on the spin he's played now. In every game he's adapted well so he's done enough to have played the four games.
"He's earned it and it doesn't matter what age you are, if you are performing you'll have a chance of playing. He's certainly deserved his opportunities."
The Liverpool boss added: "He's been there or thereabouts before. He's been out on loan and had a couple of opportunities. He is getting a good bit of help from people around and about him.
"But it is impressive when you come into a team that isn't playing as well as it can and you play as well as he has done."
Of the four games Kelly has started, he has been voted as the man-of-the-match twice - once by Liverpool fans for his performance against Manchester United, and a second time by Liverpool journalists after the Merseyside derby.
His consistency has even seen regular Liverpool right-back, Glen Johnson, forced to operate on the left-side and Kelly is likely to hold onto his starting berth for the foreseeable future.
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