Kelly has central Liverpool future

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Martin Kelly is being tipped to make a senior impression at centre back by Liverpool first team coach Steve Clarke.

The England U21 international has predominantly played at right back for both club and country, securing his place in the Young Lions side with some assured performances at both levels.

Two goals in as many matches showed Kelly's ability going forward as well as back for Stuart Pearce's side, but at Anfield his future could belong in a different position to the one he's impressed in during Glen Johnson's absence.

"When you look at the size and shape of Martin, he's built like a central defender," Clarke told the official Reds website.

"He's been fantastic at right-back and we've got no plans to move him from there at the moment but if he continues to develop and he gets an opportunity at centre-half then I'm sure he's got the attributes to make it a good position for him.

"He's done great to break into the Liverpool first team and really well to establish himself as an England U21. If he's going to become a senior player (for England) in the future he's going to have to continue to develop and work hard at his game."

Clarke also spoke on the possibility of midfielder Jonjo Shelvey playing internationally for Scotland, after Craig Levein showed an interest in the Liverpool teenager.

Currently plying his trade on loan at Blackpool, the midfielder has impressed in the Npower Championship, and compatriot Clarke believes the former Charlton starlet would benefit from playing on the international stage should he decide that Scotland is an option.

"From a Scottish point of view, we're a smaller country and we need to get as much talent as we can," Clarke added.

"If Craig has identified Jonjo as a potential target then I think that's good for Scotland and it might be good for Jonjo, but obviously it's up to Jonjo to decide."

Shelvey, who made his senior Liverpool debut under former manager Roy Hodgson, has already represented England at U19 and U21 level, but qualifies for the Scots through his grandfather.

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