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Martin Skrtel

Slovak international Martin Skrtel arrived at Anfield in January 2008 with a reputation for being a no-nonsense centre-back.

His signature followed a long search by Rafa Benitez for defensive cover, with Skrtel expected to battle it out with Jamie Carragher, Sami Hyypia and Daniel Agger for a place at the heart of Liverpool's defence.

The 6ft 4 defender began his career with FC Previdza after choosing football over hockey. From there he enjoyed a spell with FC Trencin before moving to the Russian Premier League with FC Zenit in 2004.

Skrtel's performances during 113 games led to international recognition and interest from a host of European clubs including Valencia, Everton and Spurs.

But it was the Reds who eventually clinched his signature and the Slovak made his debut as a second-half sub against Aston Villa on January 21, 2008. 

He made 20 appearances at the tail end of that 2007-08 campaign, quickly establishing himself as a Kop favourite.

The hulking centre-back continued to impress the following season, though a knee injury sustained against Manchester City on October 5 kept him sidelined for three months.

Skrtel returned to play a key role in helping Liverpool to their best finish under Rafael Benitez as the Reds secured second place in the Barclays Premier League.



Player
Martin Skrtel
Date of Birth
15/12/1984
Place of Birth
Handlova, Slovakia
Signed
11 January 2008
Cost
6500000
Signed From
Zenit St Petersburg
Other Teams
FC Trencin
International Side
Slovakia
Height
6'3
Position
Defender
Squad No.
37
Debut
Vs Aston Villa 21 January 2008
First Goal
21/11/2009 V Manchester City
Last Goal
27.08.2011 v Bolton Wanderers
Total Goals
4

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