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New Liverpool deal for Skrtel
18 Aug 2010 - 09:04:11
Defender Martin Skrtel is the latest Liverpool player to pledge his future to the club by signing a new contract.
The Slovakia defender has penned a two-year extension which ties him to the Anfield club until summer 2014.
The new deal for Skrtel follows the pledges of allegiance made by key duo Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres following Roy Hodgson's arrival as manager earlier in the summer.
"I have been at Liverpool for nearly three years and I really like it here. I like the city, I like the club and I like the fans so I'm happy I am able to sign a new contract," he told the club's official website.
"Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world so I am proud I can play here for four more years.
"Before I came here a lot of people thought I wasn't good enough to play for Liverpool, but I think I have shown I am."
Liverpool paid Zenit St Petersburg £6million for the centre-half in January 2008 and Skrtel has gone on to make 55 Premier League appearances.
He added: "Lots of things have changed at the club this year with new players, a new manager and new medical staff.
"The spirit is very good and we showed that against Arsenal with a great performance. We can build on that and carry it on.
"We have quality in the dressing room and I know we will do better this year.
"A club like Liverpool deserves to win trophies and I will help them do that, hopefully this season."