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The shaven-headed centre back was brought in from the cold for Liverpool’s last Premier League fixture against champions Manchester United at Anfield, with the Slovakia international replacing the injured Kolo Toure at the heart of the Reds’ back four for their impressive 1-0 win.
And with the Ivorian still likely to be absent for the Reds’ tricky-looking trip to face Swansea on Monday night, the 28-year-old is set to keep his place alongside Daniel Agger in the centre of the Merseysiders’ defence.
However, Skrtel knows that he will need to carry on turning in displays like he produced against the Red Devils, when the central defender was Liverpool’s man of the match, if he is to remain in the Reds’ starting lineup going forward, especially following the club’s recent double acquisition of centre-backs Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori on transfer deadline day.
Not only that, but Skrtel will be desperate to prove a point to manager Brendan Rodgers after the Northern Irishman dropped him from the team following last January’s shock 3-2 FA Cup fourth-round loss to League One Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, with veteran defender Jamie Carragher being brought into replace the axed player for the rest of that campaign.