Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel looking forward to Wembley return
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is eagerly anticipating a return to Wembley for the Reds FA Cup semi-final against Everton
Martin Skrtel is eagerly anticipating an early return to Wembley with Liverpool set to face Everton in the FA Cup semi-final on 14 April.
The Reds secured their first piece of silverware in six years after beating Cardiff City 3-2 on penalties at the national stadium in the Carling Cup final in February.
Their league form has since dipped dramatically but Skrtel, who scored Liverpool’s second-half equaliser before the Reds went on to win the shootout, is relishing the prospect of a Merseyside derby at one of the Slovakian’s favourite stadiums.
“I wanted it to be Everton,” Skrtel told Liverpool’s website. “I’ve played in lots of derbies now and having a Merseyside derby at Wembley will be brilliant.
“I’ve played in some great stadiums like the Santiago Bernabeu, The Emirates, Wembley. I would probably go for Wembley as my favourite, it’s a special place for me.”
The 27-year-old has scored four goals in all competitions this season, making the Slovakian defender the club’s fourth highest goal scorer this season behind strikers Craig Bellamy, Andy Carroll, Luis Suárez and captain Steven Gerrard.
“It’s the most I’ve scored in a season because usually I don’t get too many,” Skrtel added.
“I think I got one in my second full season here, then I got two. So I wanted to get three this season. I’ve got four at the moment and I’m happy with that.
“My strike against Cardiff wasn’t the nicest goal but it was special to score in a final at Wembley.
“In the past I’ve got into decent positions and not taken the chances. Maybe I’ve had more luck this season because I’ve been able to take them.”