Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel: Man United win was key to my form
Liverpool centre-half Martin Skrtel points to the Reds's win against Man United as his turning point of the 2013/14 season
Martin Skrtel believes his performance in Liverpool’s win against Manchester at Anfield was key to securing a regular first-team spot last season.
The Slovakia international had been edging towards a transfer away from the Reds after struggling to impress Brendan Rodgers during the Northern Irishman’s first season in charge at Anfield.
However, Skrtel stayed at the club despite reported interest from Manchester City and Napoli – and the 27-year-old went on to produce his best season since joining the Reds in 2008.
The centre-half scored seven goals in 36 Premier League appearances as Liverpool just missed out on the title, and Skrtel is under no illusion to the significance of the win against the Red Devils in September.
“It was first due to performances in training, and then matches,” Skrtel told Liverpool’s website.
“This season there was a watershed match with Manchester United at Anfield, where I was declared man of the match – and after that, I played in all the matches, nearly 40 games.
“Only the goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet, played more [in the league]. I also scored seven goals, which is the highest among the defenders in the league, so I think that also helped.”