Martin Keown criticises Martin Skrtel's performance against Real Madrid

The former Arsenal centre-back has no sympathy for Martin Skrtel after another poor performance in the Champions League last night.

Since Dejan Lovren arrived at Anfield for £20 million, it's fair to say Martin Skrtel has got an easy ride.

Both centre-backs have been equally poor - but Skrtel has escaped criticism as he may have been better on occasion, while he is helped by his years of loyalty to Liverpool and the fact that he did not just join the club for a hefty transfer fee.

Now that the Reds are struggling on a weekly basis, though, being outplayed by everyone from European champions Real Madrid to the Premier League's bottom side in Queens Park Rangers, the Slovakian is becoming found out a little more.

And ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown is the latest pundit to single Skrtel out for criticism.

Indeed, against Real Madrid, the former Gunner says, the 29-year-old was guilty of several glaring errors.

"At the minute they lack leadership and organisation at the back and that was so obvious against a side as good as Madrid," Keown said during a Tackle Keown session on the Daily Mail's website.

"The first goal was outstanding but I still feel Martin Skrtel could have done more. Against a player like Ronaldo, one of the very best on the planet, you have to work as quickly and early as you can to stop him.

"As soon as Ronaldo passed to James Rodriguez, Skrtel should have been aware of the run he was making. Once the ball was lifted over the top he had to cover Lovren and anticipate better. If Ronaldo could get there, so could Skrtel.

"The third was criminal. To concede from a set piece is always bad and it was just so sloppy. Once the ball was on the ground, Skrtel should have just cleared it rather than trying to block off the player."

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