GARY O’Neil hailed Lloyd Kelly as “incredible” following his contribution to Cherries’ 1-0 win over Liverpool.

The 24-year-old played the full 90 minutes as Philip Billing grabbed the game’s only goal, keeping one of the world’s best players in Mohammed Salah quiet for much of the encounter.

Whilst Kelly could not take credit for the Egyptian wildly missing his spot-kick, he was identified by his head coach as a stand-out performer.

With Jordan Zemura omitted from the team after refusing to engage in talks over a new deal, Kelly was instantly thrust into the starting XI at left-back.

Naturally left-footed and adept at the position, Kelly has predominantly been used as a centre-half since the appointment of Scott Parker, Gary O’Neil also using the Bristolian centrally.

O’Neil told the Daily Echo: “I thought Lloyd was incredible.

“I think he had a 12-week ankle injury followed by a six-week calf injury.

“Didn't have much time in between, and then came back today having not trained much, to play left back against one of the best wingers in the world.

“I thought he showed everything, the potential he has to be a top defender.

“I thought it was a very, very impressive performance against a top attacker.”