Martin Skrtel targeting a better Liverpool finish next season
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel believes the Reds can improve on their eighth place finish next season if they are more clinical
Martin Skrtel is convinced Liverpool can improve in the Premier League next season – as long as the Reds learn to convert their dominance of games into vital points.
The 27-year-old was named Liverpool’s player of the season but the Slovakian defender’s future has recently been cast in doubt, with the former Zenit Saint Petersburg player yet to sign a new deal at Anfield.
Skrtel has made 36 appearances for the Reds in all competitions this season and is eager to see Liverpool replicate their performances against the top four when they face the league’s so-called smaller clubs.
“The positives are the games against United, City, Chelsea or Arsenal. I think the performances of the team were good in these games,” Skrtel told Liverpool’s website.
“If you look at the game against City at Anfield, we played much, much better than them. We created so, so many chances but we couldn’t get the three points.
“That was a game against a big team and the performance was good, but in the games against teams from the bottom half of the table were not too good. If were thinking about positives, they have to be performances against teams in the top four.
“I think we can build on it and if we can repeat the performances we gave against the teams in the top four and score more goals than we did this season, it can be good.”
Srktel, who joined Liverpool in a £6.5m deal in 2008, believes the Merseysiders deserved to finish in a higher position than eighth place and feels the Reds have been left to rue their poor goal scoring form.
“Especially in the league, everybody knows it wasn’t a great season because we finished in eighth position and that’s not good,” added Skrtel.
“I think we deserved to finish higher than eighth position, but there were too many games in which we didn’t get three points – and there were too many games in which we didn’t get what we deserved.”