Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger: Why Liverpool Pair Are Still Among the Best

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Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger: Why Liverpool Pair Are Still Among the Best
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Martin Skrtel (second from right) and Daniel Agger (second from left) have proven themselves to be a defensive partnership among the best in the Premier League—and beyond.

Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger will rise above their inauspicious start to the year and prove themselves yet again. They have been consistent together since Jamie Carragher went down with injury in October 2011 and are now vital to Liverpool's success.

They deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Sami Hyypia and Stephane Henchoz during Gerard Houllier’s reign—stifling teams at the back and providing a legitimate threat going forward.

Liverpool had one of the best defensive records in the Premier League last season, conceding the third-fewest goals in the league (40). In large part, this was down to the bond that Skrtel and Agger formed.

Even though the chances weren’t being taken at the other end, there was usually something to praise on the defensive side of the ball. There are a lot of factors—both tangible and intangible—contributing to this, so it’s worth taking a closer look at their partnership.

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