Skrtel: Agger partnership is key to Liverpool’s defensive stability
Martin Skrtel believes a good understanding between Daniel Agger and the Slovakian defender is key to their success
Martin Skrtel believes his understanding with Liverpool centre-half Daniel Agger is the secret to their successful defensive partnership this season.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has placed his faith in the duo, who have usurped veteran defender Jamie Carragher in the Reds’ starting line-up – and it is a decision which has paid off, with Pepe Reina keeping 10 clean sheets.
“At the moment it’s me and Daniel playing. It’s easy to play with him, he’s a top quality player and great on the ball,” Skrtel told the club’s website. “The understanding between us is working.
“Away from the pitch he’s a nice guy too. We have things in common, such as tattoos and cars. We both have an interest in them and chat about them.
“I don’t think it’s just with Daniel, I think I have a good understanding with Carragher and Sebastian Coates too.
“They are all top quality players. It doesn’t matter who starts, I think the manager had four good centre-backs to choose from. Any of us can start a game.”
Despite featuring in every Liverpool league game last season, Skrtel admitted it is only this season that he has started to feel like an established player at Anfield.
“I played every league game last season. But, especially during the first half of the season, I didn’t feel as comfortable as I do now,” Skrtel added. “I think when Kenny and Steve Clarke came in a lot of things changed, not just for me but for everyone.
“I think you can see that on the pitch this season. As a team we have been better, this year I feel more comfortable at the club than ever before.
“I don’t think I’ve deliberately tried to be more aggressive, as long as it’s the right level of aggression. That’s the way I try to do my job. It’s the only way I know to play.
“Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. At the moment it is and I’m delighted with the way the team had been defending this season. We’ve kept a lot of clean sheets and that gives defenders a lot of confidence.”