Martin Skrtel insists Liverpool can compete with any team in Premier League

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Martin Skrtel insists Liverpool's strong start to the 2015/16 season proves that they are capable of competing against anyone in the Premier League.

The Reds have scooped seven points from a possible nine from their opening three games this campaign, most recently battling to a 0-0 draw away at Arsenal on Monday night.

Liverpool were resilient in the second-half at the Emirates when the Gunners dominated possession and could have well travelled back to Merseyside with all three points but for a magnificent save from Petr Cech to deny Christian Benteke before the break.


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It was an admirable performance from the five-time European Cup winners and Skrtel feels Liverpool can challenge any side they face.

“It really was a game of two halves,” the Slovakia international told the Liverpool Echo. “In the first half we were better than them. We hit the crossbar, we hit the post and their keeper made some great saves.

“But in the second half they kept the ball better and created some chances, but we defended well and I’m glad they didn’t score.

“Maybe both teams can be happy with a point. We wanted to win the game but at the end of the day we kept a clean sheet and if you can’t win, it’s important not to lose the game.

“It’s always difficult to come to places like this but we arrived with confidence after two wins. We wanted to get something to keep the run going and I think we can be happy with the way we played.

“We showed we can compete with anyone in this league, whether it’s away or home. We just have to keep going and keep building on this run.”

Clean Sheets

Liverpool have kept three clean sheets from as many games this term and it is clear that Rodgers has worked hard to improve his defence during pre-season.

Over the past two campaigns, the Reds conceded a combined 98 goals, a tally that is nowhere near good enough for a team who has Champions League ambitions. 

After flirting with three centre-backs during the 2014/15 season, Rodgers has reverted back to playing a four man defence which has looked strong thus far.

The additions of Joe Gomez and Nathaniel Clyne at left and right-back respectively have added much needed stability out wide. 

Dejan Lovren been granted the job of partnering Martin Skrtel at the heart of the back four. Lovren's maiden season wasn't the most inspiring but he's seemingly reacted to Rodgers' vote of confidence in a positive manner.

Skrtel and Lovren have clearly created a positive rapport together but the 30-year-old stresses that Liverpool's improvements at the back has been a team effort.

“Dejan is working very hard and playing well,” the number 37 added. “But it’s not only about the centre-backs, we’re defending well as a team and that’s important.

“We attack together and we defend together.

“The way we finished last season wasn’t right, especially with what happened in the last two matches.

“This season we spoke with each other and said we had to start better.

“We’ve done that so far with seven points out of nine but this game is gone now.

“We need to start preparing for West Ham at home on Saturday.

“It won’t be easy but we’ll go into the game with confidence. We want to go into the international break on a high.”

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