Brendan Rodgers praises Martin Skrtel's form

Martin Skrtel runs with the ball during a Liverpool FC training session at Rajamangala Stadium on July 27, 2013
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praises the recent form of defender Martin Skrtel.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised Martin Skrtel for the defender's recent performances.

The Slovakian looked to be out of favour last season, and his chances appeared to have been harmed further by the arrivals of Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure and Tiago Ilori in the summer.

However, Skrtel has forced his way back into the starting lineup at Anfield, and his boss is keen to highlight his good form.

"When you get your opportunity, you need to grab the shirt and he has come in and done that," Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo. "I thought he was brilliant [against Manchester United]. I called him into my office the other morning just to recognise his performance at Old Trafford.

"Martin defended crosses into the box, he was clever in his defending and very assured and composed on the ball.

"It's great credit to his professionalism that when he wasn't in the team he continued to work and was fighting every day to show he could play in the team."

The Reds travel to the Stadium of Light to face rock-bottom Sunderland today.

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