Brendan Rodgers has lavished praise on Martin Skrtel following his two goal performance in the 5-1 win over Arsenal, describing the Slovakian as one of the Premier League’s best defenders, and insisting he is an example for other players to follow.
But since being bought back into the first team fold for the early season clash with Manchester United, the 29-year-old has been a Premier League ever present, and put in a superb display during Saturday’s 5-1 win.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday night’s trip to Fulham, Rodgers said: “He looks a class act.
“It is big credit to him that he’s been able to prove me right. I brought in a way I wanted to work, on the training field and in games, and for the second half of last season he didn’t feature much.
“He had a choice, he could either throw the toys out the pram, or he could sit down with the manager and the coaching staff and see what areas he needed to improve.
“Now, you see a player with great intelligence in his defence, his use of the ball is composed and he has taken on a real leadership role. His performance levels, consistently, have been of a high level.
“He is up there with the top centre halves in this league, and I am delighted for him.”