Martin Skrtel surprised he's still at Liverpool

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Martin Skrtel has admitted he's surprised to still be a Liverpool player after six years at the club.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Slovakian international revealed that he's keen to stay at Anfield for several years to come although he never believed he would still be a Liverpool player when he signed from Zenit St Petersburg in 2008.

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"To be honest, when I signed the contract for Liverpool I didn't think and believe I would stay there for such a long time," Skrtel said.

"It's seven years there and I've enjoyed that. Now Liverpool is like my second home and we'll see how long or how many years I'll stay there."

The centre-back joined Liverpool from the Russian giants for a fee in the region of €8m (£6.5m) and he's since gone on to make almost 200 Premier League appearances for the club.

Life at Anfield

The 29-year-old has won just one trophy, the League Cup in 2012, but he's established himself as one of the club's most consistent defenders.

Despite the additions of Dejan Lovren from Southampton and Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain, Skrtel has survived at Anfield and played key roles under several different managers, including Rafa Benitez, Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson and now Brendan Rodgers.

Key player

He was a crucial part of Rodgers' defence as Liverpool came so close to winning their first Premier League title last season. He made 36 appearances in the league over the campaign, as the Reds came up just short to winners Manchester City.

Dejan Lovren has picked up a muscle tear on international duty with Croatia this week, so Skrtel and Kolo Toure are the club's only recognised senior fit centre-backs.

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