Luis Suarez has described Liverpool team-mate Martin Skrtel as the best defender he has ever played with, saying the Slovakian is a ‘brilliant defender’.

Reports in recent months suggested that Skrtel could be heading towards the exit at Anfield this summer, with the 27-year-old said to be desperate to start winning silverware, something he didn’t feel could be achieved with Liverpool.

However Skrtel insisted last week he would be staying on Merseyside next season, a timely boost for new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers who appears to have missed out on landing Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim to Tottenham.

Suarez revealed that Skrtel is the best defender he has ever played alongside, while adding that AC Milan’s Thiago Silva is the most difficult opponent he has ever come up against.

"Right now, I would say Martin Skrtel is the best I have played with," Suarez told Liverpool's official website. "Martin is a brilliant defender and this season I think he has been at his best.

"There are many good ones I have played against but the most difficult would be Thiago Silva from Milan. He is a very good defender and is always a tough opponent. He is quick, strong and all-round a very good player."

The Uruguayan striker also revealed he had a soft spot for Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta, and said he treasures the shirt of Andres Iniesta, recently named player of Euro 2012, having swapped with the Spaniard after a friendly.

"For me it was Gabriel Batistuta," Suarez explained. "I think he was the best player. He was a number nine with plenty of character and he scored great goals."

"I have swapped many but Andres Iniesta's would probably be my favourite," he added. "I like this tradition because two or three years ago I would always try to swap shirts with the biggest players."

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