…it makes him desperate to keep his place in Brendan Rodgers' first XI.
The amount of adept first team-level defenders at Liverpool is ensuring a healthy competition for places amongst the club's playing staff, according to centre back Martin Skrtel, who has seen the acquisitions of a defensive trident during the summer market, putting his own spot in Brendan Rodgers' selection under threat.
Skrtel has featured in both of Liverpool's November fixtures, in the 2-0 loss to pace-setting Premier League leaders Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and bounce-back 4-0 trouncing of Fulham at Anfield and, now that he appears to be a mainstay in the senior squad, he refuses to give up his place.
'As a player it is always better for you when you are going into a team that is doing well,' he is quoted to have said by the club's official website. 'Now I'm just trying hard to keep myself in the team and that's not easy with six centre-backs competing for two or three places.'
Skrtel currently rivals Kolo Toure, Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori for a position on the field and, with Rodgers' formation shift during some games, when there were once three centre back roles available, there may sometimes be only two.
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