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Martin Skrtel | Defensemen | #37

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/15/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 179

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Liverpool center back Martin Skrtel announced that he expects his hamstring injury to take about six weeks to recover from.
Skrtel took to Instagram to give the scoop on his injury layoff himself. He renounced the initial speculation that he would be out for multiple months and gave himself a six week timetable. While hearing it straight from the horse's mouth seems like the best place to glean information, players in any sport always tend to lean on the side of optimism when giving a timetable, so it remains to be seen how accurate the declaration is. Regardless, he is the foundation of the Reds defense and his absence will be felt. Dejan Lovren is aiming for a Boxing Day return and Mamadou Sakho is currently fit, though the latter looked horrific in Liverpool's loss to Watford. Kolo Toure is a pure backup/emergency fill-in at this stage of his career. We may see then Jurgen Klopp making one of his first objectives in the January window to sign another center back. Wed, Dec 23, 2015 09:50:00 AM

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Martin Skrtel was given a torrid time during a frantic opening at Watford on Sunday before injury forced the 31-year-old off as half-time approached.

Skrtel struggled to recover after taking a knock to his lower back following a coming together with Troy Deeney which left the defender strewn on the Vicarage Road turf. After a lengthy delay due to treatment, the Slovakian was able to continue but pulled up sharply minutes later as he stretched for a long ball. The extent and precise nature of the problem is currently unknown. "Skrtel is injured, I don’t know who will come back for Boxing Day," said Jurgen Klopp post-match. Dejan Lovren could return after a scan revealed the defender did not damage knee ligaments last weekend. ‘It’s not that serious. We have to see. If he can train from next week, Tuesday or Wednesday on, he would be an option for Leicester.’
Source: The Express
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 07:20:00 AM

The Liverpool side that has done so well on the road and scored six goals midweek hit an unexpected bump as they lost to Newcastle United, 2-0.

Well, that was unexpected. Liverpool were riding a great amount of momentum heading into this one but failed to threaten the Magpies much over the course of 90 minutes. Christian Benteke started up top and missed a chance in front of goal to put the Reds up first and never did much after that. Martin Skrtel gave up his sixth career own goal when he deflected a Georginio Wijnaldum shot past Simon Mignolet. The Reds were unlucky to not level things in the 79th minute, when a volley goal by Alberto Moreno was disallowed for offside. Replays showed the left back was easily onside. Much was expected from Liverpool in fantasy this weekend and they respond with a complete dud.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 01:01:00 PM

Jurgen Klopp revealed that center back Martin Skrtel is a doubt for Liverpool's Europa League tie with Bordeaux on Thursday due to illness.

No detail in Skrtel's condition beyond that of "illness", so owners in fantasy should be feeling optimistic that the center back will be fit enough for Week 14, especially considering that he hasn't even been formally ruled out for Thursday. Skrtel put the finishing touches on the Reds impressive win at Manchester City last weekend with a goal and remains a solid fantasy option in any format. If for some reason both he and Mamadou Sakho are unavailable on Sunday against Swansea City, we may see Emre Can drop back into a center back role to partner Dejan Lovren.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 09:31:00 AM

After some verbal sparring in the media earlier in the off-season, Martin Skrtel and Liverpool have agreed on a new contract.

It isn't immediately clear how long this deal will last but the physical Slovakian center back will be patrolling the center of the defense for Liverpool for the 2015-16 season and likely at least a couple beyond that. This is good news for Liverpool who both need the help at center back as well as not needing another player relationship deteriorating into a media battle as the Raheem Sterling relationship has.
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 01:03:00 PM

Martin Skrtel has been quoted as being less than impressed with what Liverpool have offered him to extend his contract beyond it's current expiration at the end of the upcoming season.

"The contract which has been offered to me is unacceptable, so I did not sign it. I have one year left and there has been some speculation about the interest from other clubs. We will see what happens." Those are not the words of a player who sounds like he will be happy with the status quo. With Liverpool already facing a difficult summer trying to gain ground on Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea the prospect of losing another starter will make the job just that much harder.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 02:25:00 PM

Player availability problems are beginning to mount at Liverpool with the news that Martin Skrtel has failed in his attempt to overturn a violent conduct charge by the FA landing the defender with an automatic three-match suspension.

However the Slovakian international may yet face a further charge from the Football Association [and possible extension] following a social media post insinuating the decision was made by a bunch of clowns. With a crucial game against Arsenal at the Emirates in GW31 Liverpool will be sweating on a number of key players following their withdrawal from international duty this week. Daniel Sturridge [hip] and Adam Lallana [groin] are thought to be major doubts while Dejan Lovren [abdomen], Jordon Ibe [knee] and Simon Mignolet [ankle] are all struggling. Raheem Sterling is carrying a toe problem but should be okay however captain Steven Gerrard is unavailable following his sending off for a stamp on Ander Herrera.
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 09:38:00 AM

Martin Skrtel faces a three match ban for violent conduct after an alleged stamp on David De Gea near the end of Liverpool's loss to Manchester United yesterday.

Skrtel has yet to be found guilty, so the incident is being viewed as alleged but if he is, the defender will be lost for the next three. This would have created another opportunity for Dejan Lovren to start, but he too is in the physio room with an ab problem. The Reds travel to the Emirates next after the international break so their superb road defensive form will surely be put to the test if both miss out.
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Mar 23, 2015 03:21:00 PM

Martin Skrtel is expected to recover from the concussion he suffered midweek in FA Cup action and be available, along with Mamadou Sakho, for Liverpool Monday night when they visit Swansea City.

Skrtel seems to have a history of getting a knock to the noggin a little more frequently than one would like but he also has shown a history of losing much time because of it. Expect to see him along with Emre Can in the back three. The other spot is a bit more interesting with Sakho fit. It was his spot before injury but Dejan Lovren has finally looked the player they signed in Sakho's absence and may not part with the job immediately.
Source: Express
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 03:44:00 PM

Liverpool were forced into a defensive reshuffle after only two minutes of their FA Cup encounter against Blackburn Rovers when Reds defender Martin Skrtel landed awkwardly following a challenge with opposition striker Rudy Gestede.

Skrtel was briefly knocked unconscious but the Liverpool medical team were quick to respond and attended to the player for 6/7 minutes before he departed on a stretcher although fears of any serious injury were allayed as the defender gave a thumbs up sign from the touchline. With Mamadou Sakho available again following a hip problem Brendan Rodgers had options from the bench but choose to introduce Kolo Toure for his first league start since New Years’ Day. Liverpool decided against risking Steven Gerrard [hamstring] for the sixth round tie after he returned to training while Joe Allen missed out after picking up an injury on Saturday.
Sun, Mar 8, 2015 12:57:00 PM

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel will miss game week 20 after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season during the thrashing of Swansea City at Anfield on Monday.

The Reds have responded well since losing out at Old Trafford [3-0] and it was Skrtel himself who grabbed a goal in the dying moments during the draw with Arsenal in the following game – the Slovakian central defender has flourished in Rodgers’ newly adopted 3-4-3 formation and his absence will be a miss having established a good understanding with Mamadou Sakho since his return. Liverpool will be hoping that Dejan Lovren can overcome a groin problem [late fitness test] with Glen Johnson ruled out – Emre Can is another option having replaced Kolo Toure at Turf Moor – a possible tactical move ahead of his impending absence in the African Cup of Nations. Joe Allen [knee] and Brad Jones [thigh] are out but Suso is now available after recovering from groin surgery.
Source: Squawka
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 07:41:00 PM

Fresh off a road clean sheet, Liverpool head back to Anfield where they host Swansea City and Leicester City over the next two gameweeks, putting a player like Martin Skrtel on our short-term radars.

Swansea are no guarantee of being easy to keep out when you have talents like Wilfried Bony and Gylfi Sigurdssson capable of magic at any moment, but they have managed to average under a goal a game on the road, so the attack is noticeably not as potent. The better of the two matches is of course Leicester, who can make even an inconsistent Reds defense look like a sound buy. Skrtel has been Brendan Rodgers' most dependable option in the back, and should start both matches. He is coming off a nice 18 point haul yesterday.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 08:49:00 AM

Martin Skrtel's injury caused nine minutes of injury time and Liverpool used most of that time before Skrtel equalized in an action-packed match at Anfield.

Martin Skrtel's driven header late into stoppage time pull out a deserved point for Liverpool at Anfield. The Reds dominated Arsenal early in the match but couldn't find the net until the end of the first half. Philippe Coutinho scored in the 45th minute to open the scoring. Arsenal responded almost immediately through Mathieu Debuchy. Olivier Giroud looked to have the winner through Santi Cazorla in the 64th minute until Skrtel crushed an Adam Lallana corner into the back of the net.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 01:02:00 PM

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.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:43:00 AM

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.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:38:00 AM