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Martin Skrtel | Defensemen

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/15/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 179

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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. Tue, Dec 30, 2014 07:41:00 PM
Source: Squawka

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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

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.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:38:00 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.
Sat, Feb 8, 2014 09:51:00 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