Liverpool latest: Barca starlet linked, Skrtel keen to continue form

A round up of the stories connected to Liverpool FC this Wednesday morning

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is determined to keep to the high standards he has maintained at the heart of the Reds defence since the start of September.

The centre of defence is one of the most hotly contested positions in the side and Skrtel knows that if his performance dips then someone else could take his place as Liverpool pursue a Champions League spot this season.

He told the Liverpool Echo: ‘I picked up a knee injury towards the end of pre-season so it wasn’t easy for me, but I tried to stay positive and I was saying to myself ‘just wait for your chance’.

‘I recovered well and got that chance against Manchester United. I felt it was an opportunity to prove to people and to the manager that I am able to play.

‘Now I am just trying hard to keep myself in the team, and that’s not easy with six centre-backs competing for two or three places.’

Liverpool are battling it out with Manchester City to bring 17-year-old Barcelona prospect Toni Sanabria to the club according to a report in the Daily Star.

Barcelona coach Tata Martino would like to keep hold of Sanabria according to the report but is unable to offer him a professional contract until he is 18, but he can be offered a professional contract in the Premier League at the age of 17.

There were plenty of Liverpool players in international action last night but a couple of them caught the headlines. Mamadou Sakho played a crucial part in getting France to the World Cup finals in Brazil in a way that you perhaps wouldn’t expect as he scored twice as the French overturned a 2-0 first leg deficit against Ukraine.

Raheem Sterling was also on the scoresheet for England’s Under-21’s against San Marino as he scored twice in a 9-0 win.

Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson were all involved in England's 1-0 friendly loss to Germany at Wembley last night.

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