Martin Skrtel 'doesn't believe Brendan Rodgers'

Martin Skrtel
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Martin Skrtel says that he is not sure if he believes Brendan Rodgers's reasoning for leaving him out of the Liverpool side.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has admitted that he does not know the real reason as to why he was dropped from the side.

The Slovakian has been forced to take up a place on the bench in recent weeks, with veteran centre-back Jamie Carragher being the preferred option to partner Daniel Agger.

However, Skrtel has revealed that he is not sure whether he believes the boss's reason for leaving him out.

"He gave me some explanation, but it's hard to tell if it was the true reason he gave me," Skrtel told The Telegraph. "I don't think it was and think there is something else behind it.

"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 [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.

"I don't know which fixtures he spoke about because we had kept a clean sheet twice in a row and won both matches. Also, we did not disappoint in the game against United. Anyway, I'm not the type of player who would be chasing the coach and be in his office all the time, asking for explanations why I'm not playing. If the coach wants to tell me something, he will summon me. I would not like to make any unnecessary conflicts."

Skrtel joined the Reds in January 2008 from Zenit St Petersburg.

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