Kelly commits to Liverpool as young defender signs new long-term deal at Anfield
16:20 GMT, 8 February 2013
17:15 GMT, 8 February 2013
Martin Kelly has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool following weeks of negotiations over a deal.
The defender, who travelled to the European Championships with Roy Hodgson's England side, expressed his delight at extending his deal.
He told the club's official website: 'When you play in the Liverpool shirt, you have to show the fans what it means. I just love playing and trying my hardest for the supporters and for my family.
Pen to paper: Martin Kelly signs his new deal at Liverpool with Ian Ayre (right)
Crocked: Kelly has not played for Liverpool since September, when he picked up a knee injury
'Being a Liverpool supporter myself, it's brilliant to put the shirt on and I'm doing what I have loved doing since I was a kid. I'm over the moon.
'Today shows the faith that the club have in me and that the hard work I have put in since I was young has paid off. Hopefully I'll put the injuries behind me.
'We have excellent medical staff here, who are going to work me and keep me on top of my injury. I'll be coming back even stronger.'
The 22-year-old joins team-mates Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling, who have all signed new contracts at Anfield since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers.
Kelly has made seven appearances for the club this season, but hasn't played since September, when he suffered cruciate damage during Liverpool's match against Manchester United.