Skrtel hopes to hold down starting place, Wisdom set for Derby move

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Also, Sakho thinks best is yet to come from him.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has said he is determined to hold down his starting place in the first team. Skrtel was initially out of favour at Anfield, but ever since an impressive performance against Manchester United at the start of September, he has now played in seven consecutive games.

The Slovakian told the Liverpool Echo: ‘After last season when I couldn’t get into the team, this season has been very different so far.

‘I am very happy. I am playing every game and trying to do my best for the team.

‘Now I have to try to stay in the starting XI. It’s up to me to keep proving to the manager I deserve a place.’

‘There is real competition for places at the back but that’s good for everybody. It’s important because it pushes everyone to do better. You have to show what you can do every day in training and you know that if you don’t perform there’s someone waiting to take your place.’

Fellow defender Mamadou Sakho has told the club’s website that he believes there is more to come from him after a solid if not impressive start to the season.

The summer signing from PSG said: ‘I’m not yet at 100%, I’m progressing with each match that we have.

‘I work every day at training sessions to progress and to achieve the highest level. It’s logical that I would improve.’

20-year-old defender Andre Wisdom is to join Derby County on loan until the end of the season.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has made no secret of wanting to let Wisdom go on loan to get some regular game-time under his belt, with there being so many defenders ahead of him in the pecking order.

Wisdom said on twitter last night: ‘Can’t wait to start at Derby.’

The Daily Star are reporting this morning that the deal could be used as a bargaining chip to land promising midfielder Will Hughes.

According to reports in Germany, Liverpool are rumoured to be interested in AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy. Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City are also said to be interested in the 20-year-old.

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