SKRTEL LIKES DEFENDING

The Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has said that he would rather stop Fernando Torres from scoring rather than score himself. The Slovakian defender has always been one of the main goal threats for the international team from corner kicks.

However, he has managed just six goals since moving to the club in 2006. He is not worried about the bad record he has in front of goal, but is looking to stop the Chelsea striker Fernando Torres from scoring when the two teams meet each other this weekend. Liverpool will be travelling to Stamford Bridge looking to continue the good run of form that they have had against Chelsea in recent seasons.

The team has been beaten only two occasions in the last 11 meetings between the two teams. Chelsea come on the back of two disappointing matches against Manchester United and Swansea, which was seen them surrender a four-point advantage at the top of the table. They are now in the second position as a result of the draw against Chelsea and they will be keen to return to winning ways. Torres has not been setting the world on fire, but he has scored seven goals this season. As a result, Skrtel thinks that he is a major threat whether he scores or not.

“We have to look after him because even if he isn’t scoring he is still dangerous. I haven’t seen Chelsea play too many times this season but from what I’ve heard his performances are better than last season. Would I prefer to score or stop Fernando scoring? Definitely stop him because as a defender the main job on the pitch is to stop the striker scoring and try to keep a clean sheet,” said Skrtel ahead of the match. Liverpool are in desperate need of three points at the moment.

RODGERS DEFENDS SKRTEL

The manager of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, has defended the centre back Martin Skrtel and said that he shouldn’t be criticized much for his mistake in the match against Manchester City.

Every player makes mistakes on the field. Unfortunately, it was the mistake which helped the opposing team to score a goal. But, whatever happened is history now and the team should look forward to the further matches.

Liverpool was ahead by 2-1 in the match against Manchester City till the 80th minute. Brendan Rodgers’ team was cruising towards a victory, but, suddenly, Skrtel did something which changed the whole complexion of the game. He passed the ball to the goalkeeper Pepe Reina, but, the City striker Carlos Tevez, didn’t let the ball reach Reina and deflected Skrtel’s pass into the goal post with a terrific shot.

The scores got levelled with Tevez’s goal. Neither of the two teams managed to score another goal in the remaining time and the match ended in a draw. As per Rodgers, it was disappointing that the team wasn’t able to get all the three points, but, there is no point blaming Skrtel for that pass.

Rather than criticizing Skrtel, people should praise Tevez who was quite quick to latch on that opportunity.
Skrtel played brilliantly against Liverpool except that mistake in the 80th minute. He scored the first goal for Liverpool in the 34th minute of the match with a brilliant header.

However, Yaya Toure brought City back into the match by scoring the leveller in the 63rd minute. Just after a few minutes, Liverpool earned a free kick and Luis Suarez easily converted that free kick into a goal to take Liverpool ahead in the match again. But, due to Skrtel’s mistake and Tevez’s brilliance, City was able to equalize the scores in the 80th minute and didn’t let Liverpool win the match. Liverpool will play its next match against Hearts.

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BIG GUNS CHASE SKRTEL

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has said that he has received a number of offers from his club across Europe. The 27-year-old defender has been linked with a move away from the club after he has grown frustrated about the lack of the Champions League football for the past three seasons at Anfield.

Liverpool have finished in the sixth, seventh, and the eighth position in the last three seasons. They have recently appointed the former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers, who has also not expressed confidence that the club will be able to finish in the top four this season. As a result, Martin Skrtel continues to be linked with various clubs across Europe.

The 27-year-old was voted as the player of the year by the club last season. He was instrumental in helping the club win their first major trophy – the Carling cup – the last season. Liverpool also reached the final of the FA Cup – a match in which they lost to Chelsea. A number of clubs including Manchester city and AC Milan have been linked with a move for the Slovakian defender. Speaking ahead of the pre-season training, he also explained that he has received a number of offers and that he will be sitting down and talking with the new manager over his future.

"There exists a number of offers but without the permission of Liverpool nothing can move forward. We have been in talks about a new contract but it has not moved forward. At the moment I am a Liverpool player and what happens in future in football you can never foresee. Thanks to him, the atmosphere within the club has changed. It is now more relaxed. He told us right on the first training session we had the door open any time and anything we need we should come to him. He is a little bit different from Dalglish in this," said Skrtel.

SKRTEL WANTS ASSURANCES

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has said that he needs plenty of assurance from the club at that they are ambitious in the same way that he is, according to Liverpool news.

The 27-year-old Slovakian international has a linked with a move away from Liverpool in the summer, with Premier league champions Manchester City being touted as the possible destination.

This would come as a major blow to Liverpool and their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League at least next season. The departure of Martin Skrtel would also be a major headache for new manager Brendan Rodgers, who will be hoping to retain all the best players for the next season.

Liverpool had a dismal season under manager Kenny Dalglish last season when they finished in the eighth position. Kenny Dalglish paid the price for the poor season with his job. Brendan Rodgers was brought in to replace Kenny Dalglish at the helm. He will be hoping to convince Martin Skrtel that the club are ambitious.

It is thought that the 27-year-old Slovakian is very much interested in playing in the Champions League. Liverpool have been without this Premier European competition for the last two seasons now, while the current one is the third season without Champions League football.

“Some changes have been made at the club and he (Martin Skrtel) wants to know what the aims and ambitions are. And of course, we will discuss the issue of Martin’s new contract. We need to make sure Luis Suarez is staying. Liverpool is a big club and just because they haven’t made the Champions League this year doesn’t mean they would not do it next year. There are expectations on both sides, though,” said Skrtel. Manchester City have identified Martin Skrtel as a possible replacement for Joleon Lescott after having failed with a £ 35 million bid for the AC Milan defender Thiago Silva.

KEEN TO MOVE

Martin Skrtel is all set stun Liverpool in the summer by offering a transfer request. Martin Skrtel has developed into one of the best defenders in the country since his move to Liverpool a few seasons ago.

Even though he struggled during the initial few months of his life in England, he has become a very capable defender in the last few seasons.

However, it is thought that the Slovakian international is ready to go for new pastures after becoming tired of the ability to not play in the Champions League with Liverpool.

Liverpool had been out of the Premier European competition for about three years now and the next season will be the fourth consecutive.
Missing out on the Champions League has meant that Liverpool have not been able to compete with the best clubs across Europe and in England in terms of revenue.

The arrival of mega rich Manchester City into the playing field coupled with the improvement of Tottenham and Newcastle United has meant that Liverpool finished the season in the ninth position. It seems to have brought out the frustration in Martin Skrtel, who is all set to give his official transfer request. The 27-year-old thinks that it is the best chance he has to play at a really top club at the top level.

"We're not looking to move anybody out. The only one that will be moving out will be Fabio [Aurelio], because his contract's up, but we'll not be looking to move anybody out so all we want to do is to add to the squad that we've had and see what happens from there. The transfer market brings up surprises," said Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish. It has been a very poor season for Liverpool, despite the fact that they have won the Carling cup.

LIVERPOOL LAND JORDAN IBE

Liverpool have defeated the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham – at least when it comes to signing the next big wonderkid in English football.

Jordan Ibe is touted as the next major thing in English football after coming through the ranks of Wycombe recently. The 16-year-old has impressed scouts from all over the world and it has already been rumoured that Manchester United and Tottenham were preparing big offers for the player. However, Liverpool have come under the both these clubs to snatch the youngster from Wycombe.

His goal against Sheffield Wednesday back in October was the starting point of his spotlight, as he soon became the youngest ever player to score a goal in the football league. The momentous occasion came just a few days before this 16th birthday, and after turning 16, it is not surprising to see a long list of potential clubs interested in signing him. Liverpool are thought to have paid around £ 500,000 for the player, despite being relatively young. Kenny Dalglish will be hoping that he turns out to be the next big thing in English football. Liverpool signed Jonjo Shelvey a few years ago from Charlton Athletic, but he seems to have not made the progress the club had expected from him.

Liverpool announced on their website that Jordan Ibe will be making the move to Anfield in the summer. The last appearance for Wycombe came in the match against MK Dons, a game that they managed to lose narrowly 4-3. Even though the club captain Gareth Ainsworth said that the player must be kept for the better future of Wycombe, it seems that the club had decided to take advantage of the massive transfer fee – despite the fact that he has not played in the Premier League – provided by Liverpool.

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