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Date of birth: December 15, 1984 Place of birth: Handlova Nationality: Slovakian Position: Centre-back Years at the club: 2008-present Signed from: Zenit St. Petersburg Left for: None Position in 2006 poll: None
When Rafael Benitez fought off significant competition from Europe's biggest clubs to capture the services of Martin Skrtel in January 2008, the Reds acquired a centre-back who defines 'no nonsense'.
The Slovakian made his first appearance for Liverpool 10 days after arriving at Anfield and, despite an admittedly shaky opening, impressed during the remainder of the season and helped the club reach the Champions League semi-finals.
With Daniel Agger, Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia to compete with for playing time, Martin held his own and by the beginning of the 2010-11 campaign was prepared to graduate into a regular first-choice.
Skrtel possesses a robust physique perfectly suited to the pace of the Barclays Premier League and is comfortable with distributing the ball from deep; he is also an obvious threat from set-pieces.
He played and completed every single league match during 2010-11 and maintained his fine form into the following year, developing a strong and compatible partnership with teammate Agger.
The centre-back racked up 45 appearances and contributed a personal best four goals, deservedly earning the honour of fans' player of the season in the process. He also had a winner's medal to take home.
Indeed Skrtel was a crucial goalscorer as Kenny Dalglish's team battled to overcome a resolute Cardiff City outfit in the 2012 League Cup final at Wembley. The defender also played in the FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea 10 weeks later.
Arguably approaching his peak professional years, Skrtel was instantly handed a brand new contract by the Reds following the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as manager during the summer of 2012.
Rodgers kept faith with the duo of Agger and Skrtel for the opening months of his tenure, although it was the No.37 who made way when Carragher made a triumphant return before retirement.
Appearances: 206 Goals: 9 Honours with LFC: 1 League Cup (2011-12) Did you know? Skrtel has been named Slovakian player of the year on four occasions Where is he now? Still at the club