Dalglish hails 'Mr Reliable'

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has saluted the professionalism of Martin Skrtel after the defender's spell out of the position for the Reds.

The 26-year-old filled in at right-back after injury forced Martin Kelly off against Bolton Wanderers, and then deputised again against Stoke City.

The Slovakia international was ever present for Liverpool last season, and Dalglish has hailed his attitude in the wake of a myriad of injuries.

"He's been playing out of position but it's been no problem for him. He came on against Bolton and was very, very comfortable," he said.

"One of the benefits of this group of players is that they are prepared to play wherever they can get a game.

"They will do their very best and if it is not right, then it is not their problem, it is ours.


"There is no way Martin Skrtel is ever going to let you down through lack of commitment. He's played right-back in the last two games and done brilliantly. He doesn't look out of place to me. If we have to keep him there, then we will keep him there.

"Martin's been given the opportunity and he's done the best that he can. He'll continue to do that and I'm sure if somebody else gets the opportunity they will be exactly the same. I don't think too many of them will put their hands up to play in goal though!"

After signing seven new players this summer means competition for places at Anfield is as fierce as ever, and Dalglish accepts he must use his entire squad if the club are to fight on three fronts effectively this season.

"It's important people understand that there aren't many times that a player gets dropped now. There are going to be changes made at every football club," he added.

"You won't have the same sheet that says the same this August as last August. You just make your decisions and you can judge what you see.

"You also take into account the opposition and your own players. As I said last week, we don't have a team, we have a squad. And we have a very strong squad. That's the most important thing."

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