Rodgers: Skrtel has been outstanding... but has he really?

The Liverpool boss was full of praise for the 'real warrior' - but perhaps for the wrong reasons?

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hailed 'real warrior' Martin Skrtel as 'outstanding' after he scored an injury-time equaliser against Arsenal.

The Slovakian rose to powerfully head home as he secured a 2-2 draw for the Reds against the Gunners at Anfield.

And Rodgers was full of praise for the centre-back as a result.

"We just had to wait and see. Martin is obviously a strong character," Rodgers told reporters after Liverpool's draw.

"Thankfully, he stayed on and scored a great header. He's a real warrior. He's been outstanding since he came back into the team over a year or so ago.

"Those goals are important for us. He was the top-scoring defensive player in the league last year. It was a great ball into the box and a good header. He showed great character and determination to stay on."

On that front, of course, the Liverpool boss is right: Skrtel was the Reds' match-saver.

But Rodgers is, bluntly, completely wrong in his assessment of the 30-year-old. Since Skrtel returned to the first team, he has not been outstanding. None of his defenders have.

In fact, every member of Liverpool's back line has at one stage or another looked like one of the worst defenders in the Premier League. So perhaps Rodgers' praise for the amount of goals Skrtel has scored gives away why the Reds' defence is so bad - perhaps the Northern Irishman simply doesn't give defending any thought.

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