PHOTOS: Liverpool defender Skrtel dominating £32m Chelsea striker Costa a month ago

Martin Skrtel

Martin Skrtel only recently left Diego Costa downcast after a game between Slovakia and Spain.

This afternoon will see Liverpool take on Chelsea at Anfield and within that game there are several interesting personal battles to consider.

The rivalry between the two Belgian goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Thibaut Courtois for instance. The battle for control in the centre of the park between Steven Gerrard and Cesc Fabregas. Or Mario Balotelli up against John Terry. It is certainly going to be an interesting game of football.

But perhaps the key battle will be between Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel and Chelsea striker Diego Costa. If it is, then Skrtel already has one up on the Spanish international.

The pair met recently. Costa was playing for Spain in a European Championships qualifier in Bratislava back in October.

It was a game in which he toiled, Skrtel thrived and Slovakia prevailed.

The European long-shots defeated Spain that night 2-1 - Costa struggled throughout with Skrtel receiving rave reviews for the way in which he shackled one of Europe's most in form defenders.

Liverpool fans will hope he performs an encore today.

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