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Martin Skrtel | Defensemen

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

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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. Nov 25 - 9:31 AM

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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.
Jul 10 - 1:03 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.
Jun 4 - 2:25 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.
Mar 25 - 9:38 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
Mar 23 - 3:21 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
Mar 13 - 3:44 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.
Mar 8 - 12:57 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

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