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When I look at Liverpool's options at right-back, I see a group of players that is unmatched in the Premier League. In Martin Kelly, Glen Johnson and John Flanagan, Liverpool have, what I believe to be, the best selection of right-backs that can currently be found in England.
Whilst Manchester United fans might disagree and claim that in the Chris Smalling and the da Silva twins they have the superior options, I don't think it's even close.
Martin Kelly is, for my money, the best young English defender in the game today. Kelly is a magnificent defender who's aerial ability, pace, positional sense and timing of a tackle sets him apart.
Injuries are the only thing that can stop Kelly from becoming an England regular for the next decade and beyond. While Chris Smalling is unquestionably a talented defender himself, he is far better in a central position than played on the right.
His positional play, and recovery skills, are questionable at this time, although they should improve with experience. As things stand, at right-back, Kelly is superior to Smalling in every aspect of the game.
Glen Johnson has his critics, I am most certainly one of them, but the fact remains that he is, for now, England's first choice right-back and being first choice for his national team is an achievement that neither da Silva is ever likely to match.
Johnson is capable of excellent attacking performances, and while he will never be the greatest defender, he showed improvement last season when switched to left back.
John Flanagan is rough around the edges, but he's a tough, hard-nosed defender who will never let the side down. He's prone to mistiming challenges, but he will hopefully grow out of that with age.
The debate around the right-back position generally centres around who should start between Kelly and Johnson. Nobody would debate that Kelly is, by far, the superior defender, but people have made the case for Johnson based on his attacking capabilities.
Personally, I don't think there is a huge gulf in their attacking abilities. Johnson is obviously more adept at taking on and beating players and getting to the bye-line, but I think Kelly's pace, power and intelligence make him a good attacking player for Liverpool.
He supports the attack well by always making himself available, and his read of the game allows him to get back into defensive position very quickly. I don't hesitate at all in saying that Martin Kelly should be Liverpool's starting right-back right now.
In the long term, I think Kelly should stay there. I realize he's a natural central defender, and I have previously written that I believe he should replace Jamie Carragher in the centre, but with the signing of Sebastian Coates, I don't think that is necessary.
When I look at Kelly, I see a young Markus Babbel who was arguably the best right-back in the world the year Liverpool won the cup treble, despite being a natural central defender. Babbel was Liverpool's last great right-back, I believe Kelly is their next one.