Liverpool and Crystal Palace have agreed a £1.5 million deal that will see Martin Kelly swap Anfield for Selhurst Park next season, reports Inside Futbol. The 24 year old has fallen down the defensive pecking order at Liverpool recently, but could be granted first team opportunities at Palace.
Liverpool are on the verge of sealing their long-anticipated move for Alberto Moreno from Sevilla, which will see Kelly’s chances of gaining a starting XI opportunity at the Reds lessen even further. After a disappointing defensive campaign last season, Brendan Rodgers has brought in Dejan Lovren and Javier Manquillo as well, bolstering the backline by doing so.
However, despite his being deemed surplus to requirements at Liverpool, Kelly could become a crucial player in Tony Pulis’ Palace side next season. The Eagles will be looking to comfortably avoid a relegation scrap, and could be pushing for a top half of the table finish in the Premier League. Kelly will bring a combination of experience and youth to their ranks.
The player will hope that a change in career direction will also help his chances of playing for England. Kelly currently has 1 international cap, but will be one of many young players pushing for inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 plans. If he can hold down a regular spot at Palace, then he may be rewarded with a regular spot with England.