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Reds starlet defends FA Cup popularity

Kelly eyes Wembley dream

By | 17th February 2012

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly has rubbished suggestions that the significance of the FA Cup is on the decline, taking the occasion to reveal his personal dream to lift the trophy.

Kelly was a part of the club’s most recent triumph – a 2-1 win at Anfield – over Manchester United in the competition and as this weekend’s fixture against Brighton approaches, he cannot wait to help the Reds progress further.

“Growing up as a kid, you ask any kid, the FA Cup is massive and everyone wants to get to the final and win it,” Kelly stated in an interview with

The 21-year old added: “It’s got such a tradition and I think the FA Cup is fantastic. For a young player like myself it’s fantastic to play in and we would love to go all the way in the competition this year.

“I remember watching Liverpool win the FA Cup on the television and we would love to win it again.”

The scenes of joy at Anfield following Dirk Kuyt’s decisive goal in the Reds’ aforementioned 2-1 win over United gave an impression that a cup final was just won but Kelly is aware that a lot of work still lies ahead.

The defender elaborated: “It was fantastic to beat United in the last round but that’s gone now and the next game is the most important one against Brighton.

“I am just privileged whenever I get the chance to play for this team from the boss, and all I can do is show what I’m capable of when I do get a start and keep working as hard as possible.”

The Seagulls will be arriving in Merseyside after impressively overcoming Newcastle 1-0 in the previous round and with expectations nearly non-existent from the visitors, Kelly acknowledged that Liverpool can’t afford to stumble at home.

Kelly continued: “We will have the pressure on us with playing at home and we will show Brighton respect. They are a good side and we have got to be at our best.”

“We are Liverpool Football Club and we have to show our crowd what we are made of and put on a good display for our fans,” he concluded.

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