Skrtel sets Liverpool goal

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Martin Skrtel has become an unlikely source of goals for Liverpool this season, chipping in with four strikes in all competitions, including a crucial equaliser in the Carling Cup final against Cardiff City at Wembley.

The 27-year-old Slovakian stopper netted in the Premier League against Bolton in September and Aston Villa in December, before following that up with the opening goal in the Reds' 6-1 thrashing of Brighton in the FA Cup fifth round in February.

Skrtel has already surpassed his goals target for the 2011-12 campaign, but is determined to add to his tally before the end of the season and capitalise on his new-found proficiency in-front of goal.

"It's the most I've scored in a season because usually I don't get too many," he told LFC magazine. "I think I got one in my second full season here, then I got two. I wanted to get three this season. I've got four at the moment and I'm happy with that.

"In the past I've got into decent positions and not taken the chances. Maybe I've had more luck this season because I've been able to take them.

"My strike against Cardiff wasn't the nicest goal but it was special to score in a final at Wembley. My friends were very happy for me, they all congratulated me. I got a lot of text messages and BBMs too."

The central defender has been one of Liverpool's standout performers for Kenny Dalglish this season, in what has been a disappointing campaign for the Anfield club in terms of league form.

However, with one trophy already in the bag and an FA Cup semi-final against Merseyside rivals Everton on the horizon, it could yet turn out to be a year to remember.

"I wanted it to be Everton," Skrtel added ahead of Liverpool's return to Wembley. "I've played in lots of derbies now and having a Merseyside derby at Wembley will be brilliant.

"I've played in some great stadiums like the Santiago Bernabeu, the Emirates, Wembley. I would probably go for Wembley as my favourite, it's a special place for me."

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