LIVERPOOL'S MARTIN SKRTEL: THE RISE OF A TOP DEFENDER

Looks, tattoos and defensive abilities have grown day-by-day for Martin Skrtel, after his arrival from Zenit Saint Petersburg in the winter of 2008. Looking back into the pages of history a little bit, Skrtelai??i??s carrier kicked off at native club FK AS Trencin where he notched up 45 games as he grew from being 17 to 20 years old.

SKRTEL: SPARTAK TRNAVA CAREER PROBED

Martin Skrtel signed for Spartak Trnava in his native Slovakia in August 2021following his decision to return to play club football in his home country. The experienced centre back returned to Slovakia after almost two decades playing club football in other countries. Martin Skrtel returned to the Slovakian league 17 years after his exit.

SKRTEL GOT WHAT HE WANTED

Martin Skrtel is a forgotten man in Merseyside these days, but the domineering defender spent almost nine years at the club before he made the switch to Turkish side Fenerbache in 2016. While he had a cult following at the club, his exit would always be remembered for the kind of mess that had prior to the switch.

Skrtel was one of the first players to leave Liverpool at the start of Jurgen Klopp’s era at Liverpool. The Slovakian played just 18 times for Klopp before he was sold following some nasty events. Skrtel was a key member of the team, playing regularly in the first half of the premier league season for Klopp before picking up a hamstring injury in December.

SKRTEL NAMED AS TOUGHEST OPPONENT

Burnley striker Chris Wood has revealed that former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is the toughest opponent he has faced in his career. New Zealand international Wood stated that Martin Skrtelis his most difficult opponent in a chat with the Premier League YouTube channel.

Wood has faced a lot of quality defenders during his time in the Premier League, most of which he has spent at Burnley. The New Zealander has faced the likes of Portuguese star Ruben Dias, Dutchman Virgil Van Dijk and Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany but he's certain that Martin Skrtel has given him the most tough time. According to him, retired Slovakian international Skrtelwas a nightmare to play against.

SKRTEL: 2012 LEAGUE CUP FINAL EXAMINED

Premier League heavyweights Liverpool made a big transfer coup when they signing Slovakian national team star Martin Skrtel from Zenit Saint Petersburg at the start of 2008. Liverpool signed Skrtel from Zenit in a £6.5m deal in January 2008 and he went on to establish himself at the club, forming a potent centre back partnership with Danish player Daniel Agger.

Martin Skrtel played 319 times for Liverpool, netting 18 goals in the process before he signed for Turkish Super League giants Fenerbahce in the summer of 2016.Apart from Fenerbahce, Martin Skrtel also spent some of his post-Liverpool playing career at Istanbul Basaksehir in the Turkish top flight and Spartak Trvana in his native Slovakia as he returned to where it all began for him. Skrtel started his professional career at AS Trencin before moving to Russian club football giants Zenit Saint Petersburg.

SKRTEL: LIVERPOOL SHOULD HAVE SIGNED AT LEAST THREE PLAYERS

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The fact that Liverpool refused to sign more than one player this summer has remained a shock to many. The Reds signed only one player this summer and decided to not bring in another new face after adding Ibrahima Konate to their squad. They completed and announced that they had reached an agreement with German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig for the transfer of the France international defender before the end of last season and many people thought that they signed the player so early so that they would focus on other targets as the summer transfer window crept in. However, they did not sign another player till the window closed two days ago and many people still talk about it.

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