Kelly learning the Johnson way

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Liverpool defender Martin Kelly is happy to play second-fiddle to Glen Johnson after his impressive return from injury at Anfield.

The England international missed the start of the campaign through injury, but marked his recent comeback with the winner in a pulsating 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

And, whilst Kelly has lost his place in the Reds' starting XI, he's happy to bide his time on Merseyside and learn the ropes behind one of the world's top defenders.

"We were all made up in the changing room, applauding him. It was a brilliant goal and I think we deserved it for the way we set about our game play. We deserved the win at Stamford Bridge, and it was a great win," Kelly told the official Liverpool website.

"At this moment in time, I am the understudy to Glen. I am still young and to watch a player like that is only good for me. Whenever called upon, I've played well in that position as well as across the back four.

"It's good for Glen to be playing and pushing on in the England side, and it's brilliant for me to be watching him in training and learning from him."

An England U21 international in his own right, Kelly has played his part in helping Liverpool gain some crucial momentum in the Barclays Premier League, particularly away from home.

Confidence is starting to flow through the players under Kenny Dalglish, and the side's top four credentials will be seriously tested this weekend when Manchester City visit Anfield.

"There is a buzz about the place. We beat Chelsea home and away last year, and we've beaten them this year. It's better going into the game on Sunday with that win and we'll definitely try and do our best, and do it for all the supporters and ourselves," added Kelly.

"If you look at our team and the strengths we've got, we're definitely a top-four team. It's about gelling and getting the results at home against the so-called lower teams. Every game now in the Premier League is difficult.

"We were delighted with the win at Chelsea - we'll take that into our training this week and try and get the win at home to City."

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