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Why Martin Skrtel Doesn't Deserve a Place in Liverpool's Starting XI Right Now
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Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel has been in the headlines recently having apparently questioned the reasons why he has not been in the first team of late, but the Slovakian centre-back can have no real complaints at his demotion to substitute.

Up until the end of 2012, Skrtel was a regular in the starting lineup, playing every minute of Liverpool's seven matches in December.

Since the turn of the year, however, he has featured in just four of the Reds' 11 fixtures, with only one of those games seeing Skrtel play the full 90 minutes in league play.

Skrtel recently spoke about how he was not satisfied with reasons given to him by the manager as to why he was no longer a first pick (via ESPN):

It all happened after our match with Manchester United in the middle of January. We lost 2-1 but I think that particularly in the second half we played very well. Moreover, a lot of sources gave me a good rating. But he [Rodgers] told me we had lost the organisation of play in the defensive line and that this would be the reason why I would not play in the following matches.

Rodgers has made Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger his first-choice centre-back pairing for now, meaning Skrtel has to wait for his chance to play again. Here's why he's not in the side right now.

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