Liverpool FC: Why Martin Skrtel Is the Most Improved Player of This Season

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Liverpool FC: Why Martin Skrtel Is the Most Improved Player of This Season
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Liverpool went into Monday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur as a formidable team on the back of victories against both of the Manchester clubs.

They were unbeaten at home going into the game and came out of it with the record intact. But the winning run came to a sound halt as the Londoners held on for a 0-0 draw.

It was the ninth draw of the season and the eighth at Anfield.

Disappointed, as they should be, Liverpool supporters can take heart from the fact that their team put out a matured attacking performance and successfully restricted the Spurs in their own half, for most of the game.

But nobody can dispute the fact that one Liverpool player stood out from the rest on that night.

He has been the stand-out player for some time now in this season, and no, it isn’t Luis Suárez, and it definitely isn’t Andy Carroll nor Charlie Adam, for that matter.

That man is Martin Škrtel.

Although there has been talk about how he has forged a great defensive partnership with Daniel Agger, and somehow managed to keep out Jamie Carragher, not many would have pondered about how he has matured as a player.

Let us take a look at the reasons—in the next few slides—that justify my selection of Škrtel as the most improved player for Liverpool FC in 2011-12.

 

Note: Škrtel’s selection was from amongst the players who were also a part of LFC’s 2010-11 campaign.

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