Liverpool have to work hard to improve, says Martin Skrtel

The defender says there will need to be improvement on the training pitch for better performances next season.

Defender Martin Skrtel has told Liverpool’s official website that they will have to work hard on the training pitch to improve next season.

The Reds ended a disappointing season with a 6-1 thrashing by Stoke City, which saw them finish 6th in the Premier League and miss out on the Champions League next season - even being pipped by Tottenham Hotspur.

The poor season was one that clearly affected all the players and, while Skrtel admits to having to deal with the raw disappointment at the season’s close, he knows where they will have to work to produce better performances next season... the training pitch.

"When you lose or have a bad season, it's an awful feeling," he told

"I always try to look at why we lost or why I didn't perform well. I think you have to do that because you need to see why something happened. And I know the only place you can change it is out on the training field, so you have to work hard there to improve."

Improvement needed elsewhere

While Skrtel’s attitude is one that will encourage both fans and manager alike, there is no denying that it will take more to improve Liverpool’s league position next season. The Slovakian has somewhat oversimplified things...

Unlike the previous campaign, they looked devoid of ideas last term, especially up front, with all of their forwards floundering in the absence of Daniel Sturridge. At the same time, however, the Reds' poor defensive record under Brendan Rodgers continued.

Will things get any better at Anfield next campaign?

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