Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: 'Martin Skrtel has proved me right'

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 insists that Martin Skrtel has proved him right after fighting his way back into the first team

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has described Martin Skrtel as one of the "best" central defenders in the Premier League.

The Slovakian has cemented a spot in the Reds' first team after struggling to make the starting lineup in the closing stages of last season and the first few games of the current campaign.

"I look at Martin Skrtel and I see someone who was proved me right," Rodgers told the club's official magazine. "He hasn't proved me wrong, I think he's proved me right.

"Last year I felt he was rash and made mistakes. Now he's arguably one of the best centre-halves in the Premier League."

Skrtel was linked with a move away from Anfield during the summer transfer window, but an exit failed to materialise.

Daniel Agger of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on August 17, 2013
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