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Martin Kelly had finally started living up to his potential before his injury.
Things were on the up-and-up for Martin Kelly.
He showed that he had what it took to play at right back last season. He had been selected for the England international squad in the most recent European Championships by Roy Hodgson. He'd even won the starting job for his beloved Reds.
All of that came to a screeching halt against Manchester United, as Kelly came down like a ton of bricks and immediately clutched his right knee.
There wasn't any sort of malicious foul or awkward play on the ball. In what was essentially garbage time, Kelly's body went one way and his right leg stayed planted firmly. He collapsed at Ryan Gigg's feet, but would walk off with assistance from a trainer.
It certainly didn't appear to be as severe as Daniel Agger's injury, which turned out not to be severe at all.
Unfortunately for Kelly, he'll have to fight for all of his spots once more next year.
According to the BBC, the 22-year-old suffered an ACL tear and will be out for at least six months.
Youngster Andre Wisdom filled in for Kelly in last weekend's trip to Carrow Road, and the 19-year-old looked to embrace the opportunity.
It would have been 26-year-old Jose Enrique who should've benefited from Kelly's misfortune, but his lack of form forced Brendan Rodgers to move Glen Johnson to the left back position and promote Kelly on the right.
Rodgers had stern words for Stewart Downing and Enrique following the win against Norwich. He accused the duo of losing focus and not working as hard as they should have, according to ESPN.
Status does not matter. It is what you are like as a player. It doesn't matter how much money you have come for. That doesn't matter to me. I will play a 17-year-old if he fights and he has quality. It is quite easy.
And Rodgers has played a 17-year-old at Downing's position in Raheem Sterling, and now he's started a 19-year-old at Enrique's in Wisdom.
As unfortunate as Kelly's injury is, it appears that Rodgers has a plan going forward. While it may have looked brilliant against Norwich City, they are far from the class that the Reds will have to face as the season carries on.
The injuries in this season thus far have provided a host of younger players the opportunity to prove their quality, and so far a handful have stepped to the occasion including Raheem Sterling, Jonjo Shelvey, Suso and now Wisdom.
All four of them have, to this point, proven more effective than the likes of Downing, Jordan Henderson and Jose Enrique. All of the four youngsters combined haven't come close to costing as much as any one of the former starters from King Kenny's regime.