Liverpool defender has more goals than United's £106m midfield of 9 players!

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has scored more Premier League goals than a Manchester United midfield consisting of nine players.

Liverpool's title-run owes much to the majestic form of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, with Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard also shining.

But another - unexpected - goal-scoring hero has come to the fore, his seven league goals to date going some way to ensuring the Premier League crown is Brendan Rodgers' side's to lose.

Martin Skrtel's job is predominantly to keep the ball out of one goal, but in recent times he has developed quite the knack for putting it in the opposite one.  And it is not as if he scores only against minnows.

Skrtel has netted twice against Arsenal, and once against Chelsea and Manchester City, the latter strikes proving vital as the Reds won by a single goal on both occasions.

Martin Skrtel 7

Now compare Skrtel's goal-scoring form this season to that of Manchester United's midfield. Not a specific player, but the nine men who make-up the centre of David Moyes' side.

If we regard Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata more as forwards than midfielders, which they either are or are destined to be, that leaves the following nine players who, between them, have scored one league goal less than Skrtel has managed on his own this season.

Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young have two goals each, while Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley have both scored once.  Then there is Marouane Fellaini, Shinji Kagawa, Nani, Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher - none of whom have found the net in the league this season.

Luis Antonio Valencia 2
Ashley Young 2
Michael Carrick 1
Tom Cleverley 1

Six goals for a midfield of nine versus seven goals from a single defender.  That is quite an indictment on United's engine room.  But it also proves what an outstanding campaign Skrtel is enjoying; and few would bet against him adding to his tally yet.




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