Date: 18th August 2010 at 8:50am
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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has signed a two-year contract extension with the Premier League club. The Slovakia international still had two years remaining on his deal but has now committed his future to Liverpool until 2014. Skrtel, 25, arrived at Anfield from Russian side Zenit St Petersburg in January 2008 for £6m.

Durban World Cup 2010 Holland v Slovakia (2-0) Match 53 28/06/10 Liverpool teammates Dirk Kuyt (Holland) and Martin Skirtel (Slovakia) embrace after final whistle Photo Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom


He told the club’s website: “A club like Liverpool deserves to win trophies and I will help them do that.” Skrtel has played 82 games during his time with the Merseyside outfit and was a first-team regular as Liverpool finished seventh in the Premier League last season.

Skrtel added: “The spirit is very good and we showed that against Arsenal with a great performance. We can build on that and carry it on. “We have quality in the dressing room and I know we will do better this year. “Everyone plays football to win trophies. Playing for Liverpool is a big motivation for everyone and we will do everything we can to win the Premier League. We have the highest targets – to win everything.” A broken metatarsal ruled Skrtel out for the final three months of last season but he returned from injury to play in every game for Slovakia at the World Cup before their exit at the hands of the Netherlands in the last 16.