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{{infobox player
 
{{infobox player
| image = [[File:MSkrtel2015.jpg|200px]]
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| image = [[File:MSkrtel37.jpg|200px]]
 
| dob = 15 December 1984
 
| dob = 15 December 1984
 
| pob = Handlová, Czechoslovakia
 
| pob = Handlová, Czechoslovakia
 
| height = 1.91 m (6'3")
 
| height = 1.91 m (6'3")
 
| position = Defender
 
| position = Defender
| squadno =
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| squadno = 37
| years = 2008-2016
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| years = 2008-
| appearances = 320
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| appearances = 293
| goals = 18
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| goals = 17
 
}}
 
}}
'''Martin Škrtel''' (born 15 December 1984) is a Slovakian international footballer, who played as a defender for [[Liverpool F.C.|Liverpool]] from 2008 to 2016. He was signed in January 2008 by then-manager [[Rafael Benitez]] for what was at the time a record fee for a defender for the club. He spent most of his career at [[Anfield]] as a first-choice centre back, initially partnering [[Jamie Carragher]] and then later [[Daniel Agger]] and [[Mamadou Sakho]]. In 2012, the Liverpool fans voted Skrtel the Standard Chartered Player of the Season for [[2011-12 season|2011-12]]. After falling out of favour under new manager [[Jurgen Klopp]], Skrtel left for Fenerbahce in 2016, after eight years at the club.
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'''Martin Škrtel''' (born 15 December 1984) is a Slovakian international footballer, currently playing as a defender for [[Liverpool F.C.|Liverpool]]. He was signed in January 2008 by then-manager [[Rafael Benitez]] for what was at the time a record fee for a defender for the club. He has spent most of his career at [[Anfield]] as a first-choice centre back, initially partnering [[Jamie Carragher]] and then later [[Daniel Agger]] and [[Mamadou Sakho]]. In 2012, the Liverpool fans voted Skrtel the Standard Chartered Player of the Season for [[2011-12 season|2011-12]].
   
 
==Liverpool career==
 
==Liverpool career==
Skrtel was signed by Liverpool on 11 January 2008 from Zenit St. Petersburg for a fee of £6,500,000. This made Skrtel the most expensive defender in Liverpool's history, surpassing the £6,000,000 spent on [[Daniel Agger]] two years prior, however [[Dejan Lovren]] now holds the record having signed for £20,000,000 in 2014. Upon signing, manager [[Rafael Benitez]] said of Skrtel: "He is aggressive, quick, is good in the air and I think he's a very good player for the future and also for the present. He is very competitive, but his mentality for me is very good." Skrtel was presented with the number 37 shirt which he has worn ever since.
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Skrtel was signed by Liverpool on 11 January 2008 from Zenit St. Petersburg for a fee of £6,500,000. This made Skrtel the most expensive defender in Liverpool's history, surpassing the £6,000,000 spent on [[Daniel Agger]] two years prior, however [[Glen Johnson]] now holds the record having signed for £17,000,000 in 2009. Upon signing, manager [[Rafael Benitez]] said of Skrtel: "He is aggressive, quick, is good in the air and I think he's a very good player for the future and also for the present. He is very competitive, but his mentality for me is very good." Skrtel was presented with the number 37 shirt which he has worn ever since.
   
 
His debut came as a 70th minute substitute against Aston Villa on 21 January 2008, during which he gave an unassured and nervous-looking performance. Five days later, Skrtel played in Liverpool's FA Cup tie against non-league minnows Havant & Waterlooville and continued to look unsure of himself. He clumsily conceded a corner from which Havant went 1-0 up and later scored an own goal to put Havant 2-1 up. This early season form concerned Liverpool fans, however his form quickly picked up and he appeared in 18 of the remaining 23 matches of the [[2007-08 season]]. He particularly impressed in an away 0-0 draw at Chelsea on 10 February, with the Liverpool fans voting him the man of the match, and he again claimed the award for his performance in Liverpool's 1-0 win in the [[Merseyside Derby]] at [[Anfield]] on 30 March.
 
His debut came as a 70th minute substitute against Aston Villa on 21 January 2008, during which he gave an unassured and nervous-looking performance. Five days later, Skrtel played in Liverpool's FA Cup tie against non-league minnows Havant & Waterlooville and continued to look unsure of himself. He clumsily conceded a corner from which Havant went 1-0 up and later scored an own goal to put Havant 2-1 up. This early season form concerned Liverpool fans, however his form quickly picked up and he appeared in 18 of the remaining 23 matches of the [[2007-08 season]]. He particularly impressed in an away 0-0 draw at Chelsea on 10 February, with the Liverpool fans voting him the man of the match, and he again claimed the award for his performance in Liverpool's 1-0 win in the [[Merseyside Derby]] at [[Anfield]] on 30 March.
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Two weeks later, Skrtel was involved in a controversial incident with David De Gea in a 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United, with the Slovakian stamping on the goalkeeper while chasing the ball. Despite an appeal, the FA deemed it to be intentional, and handed him a three match suspension.
 
Two weeks later, Skrtel was involved in a controversial incident with David De Gea in a 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United, with the Slovakian stamping on the goalkeeper while chasing the ball. Despite an appeal, the FA deemed it to be intentional, and handed him a three match suspension.
   
On 10 July 2015, it was confirmed that Skrtel, now one of the club's longest serving players, had committed his future to the club by signing a new three year contract, despite interest from Inter Milan. On 23 September 2015, Skrtel made his 300th appearance for the club, starting in a League Cup third round tie against Carlisle.
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On 10 July 2015, it was confirmed that Skrtel, now one of the club's longest serving players, had committed his future to the club by signing a new three year contract, despite interest from Inter Milan.
 
Skrtel scored his first goal of the [[2015-16 season]] on 21 November 2015. Skrtel scored a very powerful volley from the edge of the box, beating Joe Hart with its power, and netting Liverpool's 4th in a 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium. On 6 December 2015 however, he scored an own goal, a deflection off the knee from a shot by Wijnaldum to give Newcastle the lead at St James Park. The home side eventually went on to win 2-0.
 
 
On 20 March 2016, Skrtel made his first appearance since December, coming on as a half time substitute while the Reds were 2-0 up at Southampton. Within four minutes, Skrtel gave away a penalty, but [[Simon Mignolet]] spared his blushes. The Saints however, came back to win 3-2.
 
 
Due to his declining form under [[Jurgen Klopp]], Skrtel fell out of flavour, with [[Dejan Lovren]] and [[Mamadou Sakho]] becoming the first choice centre-back pairing. Eventually on 14 July 2016, it was confirmed that Skrtel had left the club to Fenerbahce for a reported fee of around £5,500,000. The Slovakian spent eight and a half years at the club, making 320 appearances and scoring 18 goals.
 
   
 
==Playing style==
 
==Playing style==
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==Stats==
 
==Stats==
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
! rowspan="2" |Season
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!rowspan="2"|Season
! colspan="2" |League
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!colspan="2"|League
! colspan="2" |FA Cup
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!colspan="2"|FA Cup
! colspan="2" |League Cup
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!colspan="2"|League Cup
! colspan="2" |Europe
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!colspan="2"|Europe
! colspan="2" |Other
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!colspan="2"|Other
! colspan="2" |Total
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!colspan="2"|Total
 
|-
 
|-
 
!Apps!!Goals!!Apps!!Goals!!Apps!!Goals!!Apps!!Goals!!Apps!!Goals!!Apps!!Goals
 
!Apps!!Goals!!Apps!!Goals!!Apps!!Goals!!Apps!!Goals!!Apps!!Goals!!Apps!!Goals
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| [[2014-15 season|2014-15]] || 33 || 1 || 5 || 0 || 3 || 0 || 7 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 48 || 1
 
| [[2014-15 season|2014-15]] || 33 || 1 || 5 || 0 || 3 || 0 || 7 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 48 || 1
 
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|-
| [[2015-16 season|2015-16]] || 22 || 1 || 0 || 0 || 3 || 0 || 2 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 27 || 1
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| Total || 220 || 15 || 19 || 1 || 12 || 1 || 42 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 293 || 17
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| Total || 242 || 16 || 19 || 1 || 15 || 1 || 44 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 320 || 18
 
 
|}
 
|}
   
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*[http://www.liverpoolfc.com/team/first-team/player/martin-skrtel Martin Skrtel's profile on liverpoolfc.com]
 
*[http://www.liverpoolfc.com/team/first-team/player/martin-skrtel Martin Skrtel's profile on liverpoolfc.com]
 
*{{LFCHistory|1206|Martin Skrtel}}
 
*{{LFCHistory|1206|Martin Skrtel}}
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[[Category:Former Players]]
 
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{{Liverpool F.C. squad}}
[[Category:Defenders]]
 
 
[[Category:Current Players|Skrtel]]
{{DEFAULTSORT:Skrtel}}
 
 
[[Category:Defenders|Skrtel]]

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