Liverpool media round-up: Skrtel on what made him improve, Sturridge fitness update

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has revealed that the catalyst behind his good form since the start of last season has been the amount of money spent on new defenders coming into the club.

Skrtel was out of favour towards the end of Brendan Rodgers' first season in charge at Anfield, and the following summer saw the arrival of Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure and Tiago Ilori - while Dejan Lovren arrived at the club just a year later, making Skrtel's job of commanding a starting role a difficult one.

The Slovakian is quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying: “It makes you feel the pressure to make you work even harder, it pushes you to work very hard and do your best in every single session.

“That is the key for every single player, not only the defenders.”

The defender is in line for a return to the starting line-up for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Aston Villa after serving a three-match suspension for stamping on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Liverpool Echo is also reporting that the Reds are sweating on the fitness of striker Daniel Sturridge after he missed Monday night's win over Newcastle United with a hip complaint.

The report states that the striker sat out training yesterday but has not yet been ruled out of featuring at Wembley.

Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe have both been warned about their future conduct, according to a report in The Guardian, after a meeting with manager Brendan Rodgers.

The two young wingers have both been photographed with a shisha pipe.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch