Did Palace's Martin Kelly outclass Liverpool new boy Javier Manquillo?

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park

Former Liverpool defender Martin Kelly was on the winning side against his old club, helping Crystal Palace to a 3-1 win.


Sold by Liverpool in the summer, Martin Kelly found his Crystal Palace adventure got off to a tricky start when Tony Pulis resigned shortly after his arrival.

An England international previously, the 24-year-old has been a near ever-present for Neil Warnock's side this season.

He got the chance to take on his former club at the weekend, and impressed, helping the Eagles earn a 3-1 victory.

Kelly is clearly benefiting from playing regular football, having struggled with injuries while at Liverpool.

Against the Reds, he put a defensively accomplished showing, which drew interesting comparisons with the player currently occupying the right-back spot for Brendan Rodgers' team, Atletico Madrid loanee Manquillo.

  TacklesInterceptionsBlocked CrossesClearancesPassing AccuracyMins Played
Martin Kelly 5 0 3 5 71% 90
Javier Manquillo 1 2 1 6 93% 90

The pair both came out on top in differing areas, Manquillo supremely more effective in his passing, and making more interceptions.

Kelly however made five times as many tackles as the young Spaniard, and cut out three crosses intended for the Liverpool attackers.

It's perhaps too early to say on the back of the limited time at Selhurst Park so far that Liverpool made a mistake in letting him go, and that may depend on him staying injury free, but so far he is doing a good job in making the issue a conversation point which in itself is a big step forward compared to sitting in the stands being overlooked by Brendan Rodgers a year ago.

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