Martin Kelly thanks fans with emotional message after confirming Liverpool exit

The outgoing Reds defender thanked supporters and 'every one' of his managers for granting his wish of playing at Anfield.

Martin Kelly has taken to Twitter to thank Liverpool fans - and all the managers he has worked under - after confirming his move to Crystal Palace.

The 24-year-old has left the Reds for a reported fee of £1.5 million, ending a 10-year stay at Anfield.

Kelly was once thought of as Liverpool's future right-back, although he can also play through the middle, but injury brought his prominent rise to a halt.

The Reds defender had even broken into the England squad at one point but is now looking to rebuild his career at Selhurst Park.

Kelly's emotional message demonstrates his strong bond with the Kop faithful, though his place within Liverpool's squad was no longer justified.

With boss Brendan Rodgers recruiting Javier Manquillo and now Alberto Moreno out wide, the Reds had too many full-backs and centre-backs to accommodate a space for the 24-year-old.

He becomes Palace's fourth signing of the summer, with the Eagles due to travel to Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.

Liverpool, meanwhile, will host Southampton in their Premier League opener on Sunday morning.

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