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Martin Skrtel | Defensemen

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/15/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 179

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Liverpool's defensive struggles are probably best represented by Martin Skrtel as he was not involved in the Reds only clean sheet to date.
What a difference a year makes for Skrtel, who was a must own at one point, leading all defenders with seven goals last season. Now, after six starts in this season's first eight gameweeks, Skrtel has a grand total of 8 points. Liverpool were not defensive juggernauts last season, but their attacking prowess spearheaded by Luis Suarez masked their problems at the back. Dejan Lovren's arrival was thought to help tighten things up but so far, not so good. Oct 21 - 11:43 AM

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has resumed full training but Brendan Rodgers confirmed during today’s press conference that the player will be unavailable for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League match against Ludogorets.

Skrtel was one of three players to leave the Etihad injured almost a month ago after a disappointing loss to City with the defender damaging his knee during the final moments of the defeat - Glen Johnson (thigh) and Alberto Moreno (ankle) were the others – but despite initial concerns that he suffered a serious problem the Slovakian has returned to full training and should be back in game week five to face West Ham United. The news will come as a welcome boost to Coach Rodgers as Liverpool's ever growing list of injured players threatens to derail their Premier League title challenge before it has begun. Emre Can (ankle), Joe Allen (knee) and Daniel Sturridge (thigh) all experienced injury problems during the last international break.
Sep 15 - 10:38 AM

Martin Skrtel joins a growing list of injured Liverpool defenders as he will need to be assessed over the next 48 hours before Brendan Rodgers can decide on his availability against Tottenham.

With a plethora of defenders heading into the season, Rodgers is finding himself quickly going from having a selection headache to now needing to piece together a healthy back line for Spurs. Should Skrtel miss out, Mamadou Sakho would most likely make his first start of the season and partner Dejan Lovren in the center of defense.
Aug 29 - 10:38 AM

Martin Skrtel scored twice in the opening ten minutes and Raheem Sterling notched two goals later on to lead the Reds attack as they clobber Arsenal in a 5-1 final.

Maybe the most shocking outcome of this match in fantasy terms was the lack of a goal from Luis Suarez. Skrtel connected off of a free kick in the first minute from Steven Gerrard, and the two linked up again off of a corner from the captain, and the rout was on. By the 20th minute, Liverpool would score twice more, including Daniel Sturridge's 15th goal of the season, as he has now scored in five straight. Suarez played on the wing, and it may have hurt his fantasy potential but he was all over the place, and hit the crossbar with a wicked shot from distance. If not for a Gerrard foul that led to a penalty converted by Arsenal, it would have been an even bigger day for Skrtel and the rest of the Liverpool defense. Continue to roll with your Reds, as they are all assured of a bump up in price.
Feb 8 - 9:51 AM

Liverpool have signed central defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori for a combined fee of £25million.

Sakho, 23, who can also play on the left and has 14 France caps, has cost £18million from Paris St-Germain with Ilori, 20, moving from Sporting Lisbon for around £7million. The moves could free up Martin Skrtel - often out of favour with manager Brendan Rodgers - to leave the club later today. Liverpool are also increasingly hopeful of adding Chelsea winger Victor Moses on a season-loan long as talks continue.
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 04:18:00 AM

Martin Skrtel has withdrawn from Slovakia's friendly against Romania with knee ligament damage.

Skrtel doesn't seem to have a future with Liverpool, but having lost Jamie Carragher to retirement and possibly facing losing Daniel Agger (who has his own knee issues) to Barcelona, the Reds may need any senior central defender they can find lying around. Their starting pairing at the weekend could be Kolo Toure and Andre Wisdom, who played together in the 0-1 loss to Celtic.
Source: SkySports
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 11:53:00 PM

Liverpool, having long been linked to Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen, are now rumored to be in for a double swoop involving Ericksen and teammate Toby Alderweireld.

Eriksen and Alderweireld are in the last years of their respective contracts and Ajax are inclined to sell. The two young stars would be great captures for Liverpool as they are top players and match Liverpool's needs in attacking midfield and central defence, with Martin Skrtel out of favor.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 12:31:00 PM

Martin Skrtel's agent insists that the defender is still wanted by Liverpool, and that Napoli couldn't afford his wages anyway.

I hate to think that we have another Florent Malouda situation on our hands, but it doesn't seem likely that Skrtel will return to favor with the Liverpool brass. Though we didn't think that West Ham could afford Andy Carroll's wages. So maybe this is just a negotiating tactic.
Source: ESPN FC
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 03:49:00 PM

Despite signing a new long-term contract, Martin Skrtel is open to leaving the club if the right offer comes in for him.

It's pretty clear that Brendan Rodgers doesn't rate Skrtel and is looking elsewhere for defensive options - Kolo Toure, Schalke’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos, etc. It would be a shock if he were still at Liverpool next season.
Tue, May 28, 2013 09:22:00 AM