Jonjo Shelvey: This Liverpool star one of football’s nicest guys

Martin Skrtel may look like a hard man but the Liverpool defender is a nice guy, according to Jonjo Shelvey

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Martin Skrtel may have a reputation as a hard-nosed defender, but Jonjo Shelvey has revealed that the Slovakian is one of the nicest guys in football.

The Newcastle United midfielder played with the 31-year-old centre-half during his three-year stay at Liverpool before the England youngster joined Swansea City in 2013.

Shelvey has played with the likes of World Cup winner Pepe Reina, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney during his career so far.

But the 23-year-old hailed Skrtel as a great character to have in the dressing room as he included the Slovakia international in his #One2Eleven on The Fantasy Football Club.

“He looks like the hard man but really he’s one of the nicest men you’ll meet off the pitch,” Shelvey told Sky Sports.

“He’s another great character in the dressing room. He’d be one of the first to turn up for training and he’d always be in the gym working his socks off. He’s a great central defender, who defends with his life.”

Skrtel is currently recovering from a knee injury which he picked up during Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat by Watford in the Premier League in December.

MORE: The latest Liverpool news and views

MORE: The latest Liverpool player tweets

The Liverpool defender made his return for the club’s Under-21 side on Friday night in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Davis Cup final 2017
The Sport Review
Davis Cup 2017: Can Goffin and Darcis lead giant-killer Belgium past France to victory at last?
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Michael Owen sends warning to Chelsea ahead of Liverpool FC clash
The Sport Review
Sir Alex Ferguson privately raves about 20-year-old Man United star – report
The Sport Review
Antoine Griezmann talks up potential Man United transfer next year