Liverpool's Kyrgiakos just loves those Premier League flying elbows

12 February 2010 01:03
Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos has been pummeled by elbows, had a tooth knocked out and been red-carded in a Merseyside derby - but he wouldn't change life in the physical Premier League for anything.

The 30-year Greece centre back missed the midweek defeat at Arsenal because of his sending-off against Everton and will also be suspended against Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers.

Kyrgiakos has played a huge part in the recent Liverpool revival and admits he is relishing every fresh battle.

Elbow room: Sotirios Kyrgiakos lost a tooth against Bolton but enjoyed his tough battle with Trotters skipper Keviin Davies

'There are a lot of elbows flying in football here and the referee saysno foul - I like this side ofthe game' He said: 'English football is what I imagined it to be, it is tough - I didn't have too many problems adapting tofootball here because I had played in Scotland with Rangers.

'In Germany or Greece I did not have to be as physical because the football isn't so aggressive.

'Anyway it's not all about aggression, that's not the most importantthing. You have to  want to go and win the ball. There is no pointwaiting for it to come to you, you have to go and get it.

Who are you shoving? Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Everton's Tim Cahill battle in the air

Steamed up: Referee Martin Atkinson sends off Sotiros Kyrgiakos against Everton

'There are a lot of elbows flying in football here and the referee saysno foul. That is part of football. It's tough and I like this side ofthe game.'

But life at the sharp end does have its drawbacks. During the 2-0 defeat of Bolton, Kyrgiakos lost a tooth and his all-action style led to an early bath against city rivals Everton when many felt that it was opponent Marouane Fellaini who deserved to go instead for his initial challenge.

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Source: Daily_Mail