Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised his side’s ‘warrior’ Martin Skrtel after the defender had a telling impact on his side’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal in the Premier League yesterday.
Skrtel was, in part, at fault for Mathieu Debuchy’s equaliser during the first half, with the French international defender beating him to the ball at the back post before heading home past reserve goalkeeper Brad Jones.
Given the relative height of both players, it was slightly disappointing to see Skrtel so easily beaten by the makeshift central defender, who was covering for the absent Laurent Koscielny.
Liveprool had gone ahead shortly before that, but fell 2-1 behind after Olivier Giroud scored for the Gunners.
Skrtel also went down injured for an extended period of time at the feet of Giroud, who accidentally stood on him.
He was, however, bandaged up, and completed the game, capping off his performance with an excellent header to secure a draw for Rodgers’ side.
Rodgers was effusive in his praise, saying: “He is a strong character. He stayed on and scored a great header. He is a real warrior.”