Martin Škrtel

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Martin Škrtel
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Personal information
Full name Martin Škrtel[1]
Date of birth (1984-12-15) 15 December 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Handlová, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 37
Youth career
Prievidza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Trenčín 44 (8)
2004–2008 Zenit Saint Petersburg 74 (3)
2008– Liverpool 197 (14)
National team
2004– Slovakia 70 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:30, 23 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:08, 18 November 2014 2014 (UTC)

Martin Škrtel (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmartɪn ˈʃkr̩cɛl]; born 15 December 1984) is a Slovak footballer who plays as a centre back for Liverpool and captains the Slovakia national team. He previously played for Trenčín and Zenit Saint Petersburg. He has won the Russian Premier League and the Football League Cup, has been named Slovak Footballer of the Year four times and represented the country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

FK AS Trenčín[edit]

Škrtel started his professional career at FK AS Trenčín. He played in 44 games for them between 2001 and 2004.[3]

Zenit Saint Petersburg[edit]

Škrtel made his debut for Zenit Saint Petersburg in a Russian Cup match on 31 July 2004. He said that the presence of Slovak and Czech players helped him to adjust to the new team.[4] He played 113 times[2] and scored five goals for the club, winning the Russian Premier League title in the 2007 season.[5] Valencia, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, and Newcastle United were all reported to be interested in his services,[6] but he ended up signing for Liverpool in the January 2008 transfer window.[7][8][9][10][11]

Liverpool[edit]

2007–08 season[edit]

Škrtel joined Liverpool on 11 January 2008 on a four-and-a-half-year contract for a transfer fee of £6.5 million.[12] On completion of the deal, then Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez said of Škrtel:

"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".

He made his league debut against Aston Villa, wearing the number 37 for Liverpool. Benítez also compared Škrtel to legendary Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.[7][8]

On 26 January 2008, Škrtel played in Liverpool's FA Cup fourth round tie against non-league side Havant & Waterlooville, when he gave away a corner which put Liverpool 1–0 behind, and was also involved in a goal mouth scramble which saw Liverpool go 2–1 down after having equalised, before Liverpool eventually won 5–2. But he put in a solid display in the league game against Chelsea, making several good clearances and interceptions, and was voted man of the match by the Liverpool supporters on their official website. Škrtel was again voted man of the match for his performance in the 1–0 derby win over Everton at Anfield on 30 March 2008, his first ever appearance in a Merseyside derby.

2008–09 season[edit]

Škrtel made a bright start to the 2008–09 season, starting in all but one Premier League match and displacing out of favour Daniel Agger to the bench. He put in a number of strong performances with defensive partner Jamie Carragher against many top teams, notably Manchester United, Everton and Olympique Marseille in the Champions League. However, on 5 October 2008, Škrtel suffered a serious knee injury after falling awkwardly when challenging Ched Evans late in a game against Manchester City. Liverpool went on to win the game 3–2 but it was later confirmed the central defender had torn the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and would face up to eight weeks on the sidelines.[13]

On 28 December 2008, Škrtel returned from injury as a late substitute in Liverpool's 5–1 away win at Newcastle United.[14] He was a regular starter for Liverpool during the second half of the season, as the team finished second in the Premier League with 86 points.[15]

2009–10 season[edit]

On 21 November 2009, Škrtel scored his first goal for Liverpool in a 2–2 draw with Manchester City.[16] On 26 February 2010, it was confirmed that he had broken his metatarsal in his right foot while playing in the 3–1 UEFA Europa League victory over Unirea Urziceni the previous day.[17] On 18 August 2010, Škrtel signed a two-year contract extension with Liverpool, committing his future to Liverpool until 2014.[18]

2010–11 season[edit]

During the 2010–11 season, Škrtel played every minute of every Premier League match.[19] On 28 November, in a match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, Škrtel scored both his second career goal for the club and his first Premier League own goal as Liverpool lost 2–1. On his 26th birthday, he captained Liverpool in the Europa League against FC Utrecht. On 2 April 2011, he scored a header against West Bromwich Albion, and played the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 defeat at The Hawthorns.

In May 2011, Škrtel stated that he felt the 2010–11 season had been his best for the club to date.[20]

2011–12 season[edit]

On 27 August 2011, Škrtel scored a headed goal for Liverpool against Bolton Wanderers in his first league appearance of the season from an unfamiliar right-back position.[21] On 18 September, he was sent off in a 4–0 away defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.[22]

On 18 December, Škrtel scored Liverpool's second goal in a league match away at Aston Villa in a 2–0 win. His first goal of 2012 came in a FA Cup fifth round tie against Brighton & Hove Albion, opening the scoring within five minutes of kick-off with header from a corner kick.

On 26 February 2012, Škrtel scored against Cardiff City in the 2012 Football League Cup Final. Liverpool won 3–2 on penalties after the match had ended in a 2–2 draw, giving Škrtel his first trophy as a Liverpool player.

At the midway point of the season, Liverpool had the best defensive record in the Premier League.[23] Liverpool left back José Enrique described Škrtel and Daniel Agger as "the best defensive partnership in the Premier League".[24] The Slovakian's increasing standard of performances led to him becoming a fan favourite at Anfield, and earned him the nickname 'The Terminator'.

On 10 April 2012, Škrtel captained Liverpool for the first time in the league, leading his club to a 3–2 win over Blackburn Rovers and playing a major part in the first goal with a long pass to Craig Bellamy, who subsequently squared for Maxi Rodríguez to make the score 1–0. On 5 May, he started for Liverpool in the 2–1 2012 FA Cup Final defeat to Chelsea.

Škrtel was awarded Liverpool Player of the Season in May 2012.

2012–13 season[edit]

Škrtel with his Liverpool teammates before a UEFA Europa League against FC Gomel in 2012.

After Kenny Dalglish parted company with Liverpool he was replaced by Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers. On 20 August 2012, Škrtel announced that he would commit his future to Liverpool by signing a new contract.[25]

Škrtel's season got off to a bad start, giving away a penalty in a 3–0 loss to West Bromwich Albion on 18 August 2012. A week later, he scored the club's first goal of the season in a 2–2 draw against Manchester City. Later in the match, his poorly executed backpass to Pepe Reina was intercepted by Carlos Tevez to equalise for Manchester City.[26]

In January 2013, Škrtel was dropped from the Liverpool team after a poor performance in an FA Cup defeat to Oldham Athletic.[27] After starting only four Premier League matches in the second half of the season,[28] Škrtel called 2012–13 "one of the worst seasons in my career and certainly the worst during my time at Liverpool".[29]

2013–14 season[edit]

In August 2013, it was reported that Liverpool had rejected a £10m offer for Škrtel from Rafael Benítez's Napoli.[30]

After missing the first two matches of the season, Škrtel helped Liverpool keep a clean sheet in 1–0 home win against Manchester United on 1 September.[31] On 9 November, he scored his first goal of the season in a 4–0 defeat of Fulham.[32] On 29 December, he gave Liverpool a third minute lead against Chelsea in a 2–1 loss at Stamford Bridge.[33]

On 8 February 2014, Škrtel scored twice in the first ten minutes against Arsenal, to help Liverpool to a 5–1 win.[34] On 22 March, he scored another brace in a 6–3 win over Cardiff City. On 13 April, he scored Liverpool's second goal in a 3–2 win over Manchester City at Anfield to reach seven goals in the 2013–14 Premier League season.

On 11 May, he scored a record fourth own-goal of the Premier League season in a 2–1 win against Newcastle United.[35] Despite those four own goals, Škrtel scored some decisive goals for Liverpool in some matches. Since his return against Manchester United in the third game of the season, he played every minute for Liverpool in the premier league.

2014-15 season[edit]

Since the start of the season Martin Skrtel has played almost in all games for Liverpool mostly partnering with fellow central defender Dejan Lovren. On 11 November Skrtel captained Liverpool in a champions league match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu as Steven Gerrard and the vice captain Jordan Henderson both were on the bench.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Škrtel played international football for Slovakia youth teams,[3] before making his debut in the senior squad in 2004. Škrtel was selected in Slovakia's squad for the 2010 World Cup, the country's first as an independent nation. He played a crucial part in the side's 3–2 win over reigning champions Italy as he played in every match of their World Cup campaign, which saw Slovakia reach the round-of-16, where they lost to the Netherlands.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Slovakia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 September 2006 Tehelné Pole, Bratislava  Cyprus 1–0 6–1 Euro 2008 qualifier
2. 7 February 2007 Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz  Poland 2–0 2–2 Friendly
3. 24 March 2007 GSP Stadium, Nicosia  Cyprus 2–1 3–1 Euro 2008 qualifier
4. 13 October 2007 Mestský štadión, Dubnica  San Marino 4–0 7–0 Euro 2008 qualifier
5. 6 September 2008 Tehelné Pole, Bratislava  Northern Ireland 1–0 2–1 2010 World Cup qualifier

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 November 2014
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Russia League Cup Europe Total
2004 Zenit Saint Petersburg 7 0 2 0 5 0 14 0
2005 18 1 6 0 4 0 28 1
2006 26 1 6 2 5 0 37 3
2007 23 1 6 0 5 0 34 1
Total 74 3 20 2 19 0 113 5
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Liverpool 14 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 20 0
2008–09 21 0 2 0 0 0 7 0 30 0
2009–10 19 1 2 0 2 0 6 0 29 1
2010–11 38 2 1 0 0 0 10 0 49 2
2011–12 34 2 5 1 6 1 0 0 45 4
2012–13 25 2 1 0 0 0 7 0 33 2
2013–14 36 7 2 0 1 0 0 0 39 7
2014–15 10 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 14 0
Total 197 14 14 1 9 1 39 0 259 16
Career Total 271 17 34 3 9 1 58 0 372 21

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Zenit Saint Petersburg
Liverpool

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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