SKRTEL READY FOR RUN-IN

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, who has been enjoying a breakthrough season in terms of scoring, says that the Reds are now ready to compete with Manchester city for the title this season.

Skrtel came close to leaving the club in the summer, but he will now be very happy with the decision to stay at Anfield, as they are in the process of creating history. Liverpool were one of the teams to fear during the late 1980s, but they have fallen from grace spectacularly over the last few decades. However, the team could be set for the first league title in more than 20 years.

SPIRIT HELPS TEAM WIN

Liverpool’s victories against Cardiff City, Manchester United and Southampton see them going through a fine form in the Premier League which keeps them fighting for the top spot of the English league along with Manchester City and Chelsea.

Not only have they been picking up positive results but the scoreboard at the end of the matches are proof of just how much they want to win the title as well as getting a Champions League spot for the upcoming season.
A 6-3 triumph against Cardiff City and a 3-0 win over Manchester United is keeping the team spirit of Liverpool alive as they want to finish the remaining matches of the Premier League on a high note.

Skrtel ecstatic after the 5-1 victory

Martin Skrtel said that the opening 20 minutes which Liverpool played against Arsenal in the weekend is one of the best openings which he has ever been involved in. The Merseyside team demolished Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield as Liverpool scored 4 goals in the first 20 minutes with Martin Skrtel scoring the opener from a Steven Gerrard free kick. Brendan Rodgers the Liverpool manager hailed Martin Skrtel as one of the greatest defenders in the world after his fine display in the match against Arsenal. Skrtel managed to find the net twice in the match and both came from set pieces inside the first ten minutes. Liverpool could have easily made it six or seven had they not missed some easy chances.

VITAL DEFENDER

Martin Skrtel has been at Liverpool since the last 5 and half years and according to him, he has enjoyed each and every moment that he has spent at the club.

The 29 years old centre back has played under a total of 4 managers at Anfield and has had a fine tuning with each and every one of them.

Skrtel has never been out of form for a long period of time during his tenure at Liverpool. Yes, he has had a few bad days, but, that happens with every footballer. On more occasions than not, he has left the ground with his head held high.

In the ongoing season too, the Czechoslovakian is proving to be a vital part of Liverpool’s defence.

CLOSE TO LEAVING

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel came extremely close to leaving the club last January after falling out of favour with Brendan Rodgers. He rarely featured in the second half of the season, while the arrival of Kolo Toure once again threatened to push him on the sidelines.

The Slovakian defender, though, has been a revelation for Liverpool. He has been a regular first choice centre back for the club even as Rodgers has been changing personnel at the back. He has so far featured in every single match for the club this campaign. Rodgers has stated that the player has not proved him wrong, but he has proved that his judgement was correct.

SUAREZ NETS FOUR

Liverpool claimed their 8th triumph of this season with a brilliant performance from Luis Suarez as he scored 4 goals and provided the assist for the last goal as his team destroyed Everton with a scoreboard that displayed 5-1 when they battled it out against Norwich City.

Suarez became the top goal-scorer of the Premier League as his total tally so far in this season increases to 13 goals with Sergio Aguero coming close behind only 2 goals behind the Uruguayan forward.

After the match concluded, Brendan Rodgers had nothing but praise for his player.

“I haven’t seen many performances like that,” said Rodgers. “Just sheer brilliance, that was.

RUMOURS

There were a lot of rumours surrounding the future of defender Martin Skrtel at Liverpool. He apparently fell out with manager Brendan Rodgers after the January transfer window of last year.

He played very little football in the second half of last campaign and was widely expected to leave the club in the summer. However, he has stayed at Merseyside much too many be surprised. Even though the club signed a number of defenders like Sakho, who will be potential competition for Skrtel, the defender has said that he will now remain at Anfield and fight for his place.

SKRTEL STAYING?

After the arrival of defender Kolo Toure from Manchester city on a free transfer, there has been a lot of speculation about the future of defender Martin Skrtel at the club. The Slovakian defender played very little football in the second half of the season.

It has been heavily rumoured that Skrtel has fallen out with manager Brendan Rodgers, and he is thought to be on his way out of the club. The defender had been linked with a move to Napoli in the last few weeks, but no official offer has materialised so far. A move to Napoli will reunite him with former manager Rafa Benitez, who was responsible for bringing him to Anfield.

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SKRTEL WANTS TO STAY

The future of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been under a huge cloud of doubt in recent months. He has fallen out of favour with manager Brendan Rodgers, which saw him be utilised very sparingly in the second half of last season.

Skrtel found it extremely hard to dislodge the 35-year-old Jamie Carragher from the first team despite being much younger than the former Liverpool youth team player. As a result, it has been heavily rumoured that Skrtel would consider a move away from Anfield in order to get regular first-team football ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Skrtel was signed by former manager Rafa Benitez, who has recently taken over at Napoli after his short stint in England with Chelsea. This has increased the suggestions that Skrtel may be reunited with his former manager at Napoli, but his agent has rejected the possibility of that deal becoming a reality. One of the major points that will prevent Skrtel from joining Napoli will be the finances of the Italian club, which are in a state that will not allow them to afford a player like Skrtel.
Despite this, Skrtel's agent has said that there are several offers from other clubs in countries like Germany and Spain, and his client would consider them patiently since there is a lot of time.

"Martin to move away from Liverpool? I specifically say that Skrtel has never said he wants to go away, then it depends on the Liverpool market because everything could change. It's true that the last two seasons were difficult but in football it can happen. Napoli? I think they haven't the financial possibilities to take him. Liverpool has not decided a price because they don't intend to sell the player. Anyway, I don't think that Napoli can afford his wage," said Skrtel's agent.

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