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      Martin Škrtel (Liverpool -> Fenerbahce)

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      donrafael
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #30: Jan 07, 2008 04:37:47 pm

      EURO 9.5M (real money) is a lot of a cash - but then it's Liverpool buying so that usually adds a couple of million.

      Must be a good prospect... but as somebody said has a few yellows under his belt.

      Personally I think the team needs more spunk and rough edges... you get f**k all for winning fair play leagues... so let's get stuck in and start showing half the amounts of passion team like Wigan and Luton have shown us recently...
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #31: Jan 07, 2008 04:56:43 pm
      the amount spent for a backup should show us the amount of money being given for rafa to spend this january from the americans...good to see
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #32: Jan 07, 2008 05:00:46 pm
      the amount spent for a backup should show us the amount of money being given for rafa to spend this january from the americans...good to see

      "should" is a very important word in the English dictionnary.

      Parry on a plane to the USA as I type I believe... let's hope he comes back with a nice big fat cheque and not a rocket up his culo.
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #33: Jan 07, 2008 05:21:55 pm
      Not heard of this guy to be honest.

      We got Agger in the January window and I hadn't heard of him mind. Hope he turns out to be just as good if not better!
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      Reply #34: Jan 07, 2008 05:25:06 pm
      Seems a nice price tag , This has got to signal the intent of the owners , I belive they will dish out cash.

      Paper talk makes them sound like pricks tbh.
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #35: Jan 07, 2008 05:34:37 pm
      Never heard of this guy before. Hope he's up to it in the Prem. Agreed Paulrobbo, Hope he's as good as Agger. Usually if they're top quality there are a few clubs after them with lots of press coverage.  Your 'Aggers' of the football world don't come along too often. Fingers crossed !
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #36: Jan 07, 2008 11:20:40 pm
      i watched Zenit St Petersburg vs eveton in the U.E.F.A cup thought they were a well drilled unit and the better side the stadard of the russian league is getting better all the time lets hope we have found agger mark 2 or someone of that talent
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #37: Jan 08, 2008 01:03:39 am
      Hope he is good and carries the club tradition of good centre halves or centre backs as we call them today.We have had some brilliant players in that position over the years,as Shanks said get it right down the middle and fill in the pieces after.Welcome to Anfield MARTIN I hope your stay is a long and successful one.
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #38: Jan 08, 2008 03:10:10 am
      I hope he can play the ball with his feet...
      That, and I hope he's got at least decent pace.

      Just pulled out his FM08 stats haha, and they're pretty good.
      Seems to be good in the air, average speed...

      I sincerely hope he isn't a hoofer.
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #39: Jan 08, 2008 08:45:42 am
      I sincerely hope he isn't a hoofer.

      I second that...


      From what I hear, It seems to me that this guy is a pretty decent signing. The papers still seem to be convinced that rafa's job is on the line. Of course we know his job is safe, but IF he was leaving (as obsird as it may sound) then he wouldnt be allowed to make a signing like this right? It just makes me feel much more relaxed...
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #40: Jan 08, 2008 09:43:05 am
      Looks like a future option of we are willing to pay 6.5 million for back up. Hope he has decent pace, good link up play along with the obvious defending attributes. Anything like Agger, i would be thrilled with the signing.
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #41: Jan 08, 2008 09:47:31 am
      Just shows how nonsensical some of the paper writing is right now...

      In one breath/sentence they say Rafa's job on the line today... in the other they say Rafa has sectioned and been approved the purchase...

      Only one word comes to mind about the journalism surrounding our club at the minute - SUR-F***ing-REAL.
      « Last Edit: Jan 08, 2008 09:53:08 am by donrafael »
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #42: Jan 08, 2008 03:47:06 pm
      Full article here

      MARTIN SKRTEL has moved a step closer to becoming the most expensive defender in Liverpool history after passing his medical.

      A club record £6.5m fee has been agreed with Skrtel’s club, Zenit St Petersburg, and personal terms have been agreed with the player.

      Skrtel is now waiting for the deal to be rubber stamped by Liverpool’s owners.

      The Slovakia international centre back is Rafa Benitez's top target for the January transfer window and the Reds boss is looking to get the transfer wrapped up as quickly as possible so he can incorporate Skrtel into the Liverpool squad.

      With Daniel Agger still continuing his rehabilitation from a broken metatarsal, Benitez has been short of cover at centre back for several months and was keen to add competition for places to such a crucial position.

      If the 23-year-old completes his move today he is likely to go straight into the squad for Liverpool's trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday.


      So if the deal is rubber stamped he could be available for the Boro game. Interesting. I wonder if Hyypia is still struggling a little bit with that injury? I'm quite surprised at how fast this deal is going through (pending the yanks approval of course).
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #43: Jan 08, 2008 03:50:28 pm
      Full article here

      MARTIN SKRTEL has moved a step closer to becoming the most expensive defender in Liverpool history after passing his medical.

      A club record £6.5m fee has been agreed with Skrtel’s club, Zenit St Petersburg, and personal terms have been agreed with the player.

      Skrtel is now waiting for the deal to be rubber stamped by Liverpool’s owners.

      The Slovakia international centre back is Rafa Benitez's top target for the January transfer window and the Reds boss is looking to get the transfer wrapped up as quickly as possible so he can incorporate Skrtel into the Liverpool squad.

      With Daniel Agger still continuing his rehabilitation from a broken metatarsal, Benitez has been short of cover at centre back for several months and was keen to add competition for places to such a crucial position.

      If the 23-year-old completes his move today he is likely to go straight into the squad for Liverpool's trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday.


      So if the deal is rubber stamped he could be available for the Boro game. Interesting. I wonder if Hyypia is still struggling a little bit with that injury? I'm quite surprised at how fast this deal is going through (pending the yanks approval of course).

      Never know RK, might have taken a month or so's negotiation. The papers would rather print 'Rafa out' and all that sh*te though.
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #44: Jan 08, 2008 04:31:53 pm
      This has to be the clearest sign yet of our owners intent.  I'm as sure as I can be that they wouldn't sanction Rafa to spend 6.5mil unless they had a good measure of confidence and trust in him!
      Anyway at last a positive sign,
      lets hope it a start of a more calm reflective period at our beloved club.
      I think that this signing shows that all bodes well for JM deal, as I'm sure that Rafa would be saving up his penny's for that deal, given a choice??
      I hope that the sense of impending doom Ive been experiencing recently will now begin to lift, heres to hope
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #45: Jan 08, 2008 04:35:51 pm
      Martin Skrtel to sign for Liverpool after passing medicalJan 8 2008
       
      by Tony Barrett, Liverpool Echo
       
      MARTIN SKRTEL has moved a step closer to becoming the most expensive defender in Liverpool history after passing his medical.

      A club record £6.5m fee has been agreed with Skrtel’s club, Zenit St Petersburg, and personal terms have been agreed with the player.

      Skrtel is now waiting for the deal to be rubber stamped by Liverpool’s owners.

      The Slovakia international centre back is Rafa Benitez's top target for the January transfer window and the Reds boss is looking to get the transfer wrapped up as quickly as possible so he can incorporate Skrtel into the Liverpool squad.
       

      With Daniel Agger still continuing his rehabilitation from a broken metatarsal, Benitez has been short of cover at centre back for several months and was keen to add competition for places to such a crucial position.


      If the 23-year-old completes his move today he is likely to go straight into the squad for Liverpool's trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday.



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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #46: Jan 08, 2008 05:51:05 pm
      5 goals in 113 games???

      Kuyt, you have some competition!!    ;)
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #47: Jan 08, 2008 06:03:28 pm
      we've signed the guy for 6.5 million pounds.. But i don't know he seems pricey for a youngster? Who do you reckon will play more Agger or the Most expensive defender in our clubs history? Martin Skrtel
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #48: Jan 08, 2008 06:39:30 pm
      I finded this

      Defender Skrtel Passes Anfield Medical

      Liverpool appear set to clinch a deal for Zenit St. Petersburg's Martin Skrtel after he completed a medical today.

      The Slovakian international will set the Merseysiders back £6.5m, providing American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillet give their seal of approval at a meeting with chief executive Rick Parry today.

      Personal terms have already been agreed with the club, and should the deal go through it would make Skrtel the most expensive defender in Liverpool's history.

      Centre-Back Hunt

      Liverpool have been chasing a new centre-back for some time, and after their pursuit of Gabriel Heinze was knocked back by Manchester United and Gabriel Palletta was sent packing back to Argentina they've clearly had limited options in that position.

      Daniel Agger's long-term injury has forced boss Rafael Benítez to rely almost exclusively on Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia this season, but the 6ft 4in Skrtel - tipped as one of the most promising young defenders in Europe - should add extra cover.

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      The Slovak has been capped 15 times at international level and recently won the Russian Premier League with Zenit in November this year as the side became only the second non-Moscow club to lift the title in the post-Soviet era.
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #49: Jan 08, 2008 11:31:10 pm
      Seems to be good of the little i have seen.But then again its the Prem and it will be a lot quicker then he will be used to.But Nando Torres has shown how to adapt to the game so quickly maybe its easier for a defender but still it isnt as if its easy.Looks like  a good replacement for Sami and maybe even more of a presence by the looks of him.If hes as any where near a good a swoop as Dagger was we will be going places.Cant wait to see this lad in a red shirt even do he might be a record price for us to spend on a defender but its still not a massive price to spend he may not be proven i have the feeling he is another one of Rafas great signings.Cause in RAFA WE TRUST

      Lets Hope the deal goes through quickly and they tie up the Masch deal!

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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #50: Jan 09, 2008 06:49:01 am
      He's only got one vowel in his last name, blatently an ex-KGB mafiosi type, look at that jaw-line too. Lets hope he can play a bit.
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #51: Jan 09, 2008 07:01:52 am
      Lets not over hype the lad with the title of 'Most expensive defender in Liverpool history' He might not be able to cope with the pressure. I hope he settles in comfortably and proves to be another great signing by El Gaf.
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      Reply #52: Jan 09, 2008 07:11:06 am
      anyone know if he can speak english?
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #53: Jan 09, 2008 07:24:50 am
      anyone know if he can speak english?
      Probably not. But if Capello can be England manager, with no English, then who are we to complain.

      He's only got one vowel in his last name, blatently an ex-KGB mafiosi type, look at that jaw-line too.
      Random observation of the day.
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #54: Jan 09, 2008 04:09:59 pm
      For the amount we have signed him for i don't think he is just going to be back-up, Carra and Agger could have some competition here. But if he is coming in then i think this will spell the end of Sami's career with us. With Skrtel and Agger being so young, they could be here for the long-term, Carra obviously isn't going to make way for him either. And with Hobbs next season pushing for a first team spot, next season could be Sami's last.

      On the player himself i have never heard of him but apparently Valencia wanted him aswell, and we have been tracking him for 3 years. Looks like a bit of a slovakian nutter to me though, hopefully he will get stuck in, in the last few seasons i think our disiplinary record has been so good it's bad, you need players who are willing to get stuck in, obviously you don't want your players getting booked every game, but we are to nice at times and that needs to change.
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #55: Jan 09, 2008 04:42:49 pm
      Very true. We need a bit of bite its not like our players tackles are tame but our overall play needs a little aggresion to scare the opposition. Should be interesting to see how skirtel gets on im confident he'll do well though. Hopefully the deal will be tied up by tonight or tomorrow.
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      Reply #56: Jan 09, 2008 06:47:17 pm
      i agree with Donrafael 100%...i dont think it would be right seing sammy leave...the guys a legend and very loyal...alright he may not be quick anymore but hes still good as back up for anyone....just not 15 games in a row!!! ive always said it would be awesome seing him as part of the coaching team...think hes done a pretty good job of being a role model for danny agger and maybe he'll help hobbs in the long run and maybe others that the gaffa brings in!!
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #57: Jan 09, 2008 07:06:56 pm
      Although 6 and a half million is alot of money if you take it in the context of transfer fees today it is not a lot.I thought this lad was 23 years old so he is not exactly a kid is he.Emlyn Hughes was a record fee for a defender when we bought him from Blackpooil and he didnt turn out too bad did he.B4 anybody corrects me  Emlyn was what we used to call a halfback.
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #58: Jan 09, 2008 10:27:52 pm
      For the amount we have signed him for I don't think he is just going to be back-up, Carra and Agger could have some competition here. But if he is coming in then I think this will spell the end of Sami's career with us. With Skrtel and Agger being so young, they could be here for the long-term, Carra obviously isn't going to make way for him either. And with Hobbs next season pushing for a first team spot, next season could be Sami's last.

      On the player himself I have never heard of him but apparently Valencia wanted him aswell, and we have been tracking him for 3 years. Looks like a bit of a slovakian nutter to me though, hopefully he will get stuck in, in the last few seasons I think our disiplinary record has been so good it's bad, you need players who are willing to get stuck in, obviously you don't want your players getting booked every game, but we are to nice at times and that needs to change.

      Carragher is, in my honest opinion, on the slide. he has always looked jaded and as of recent he has looked especially tired. His effort and dedication are second to none but he looks faded and on the slide. Sorry.
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      Re: Martin Skrtel signing for £6.5 million
      Reply #59: Jan 09, 2008 10:30:40 pm
      WTF? Carra's been one of our most consistent players this season whilst those around him have blown hot & cold. Still life left in the old dog yet.

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