Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez admits he had been following Martin Skrtel for some years before moving for him in January.

He told "I will repeat again, we knew the player when he was 18. The scouts knew about him. Some people went to see Everton play Zenit and after they were talking about this player with ability, but we already had three or four videos. We were looking at three or four centre-backs but I liked him. We sent our people there because we knew he was the player for us. It is difficult to settle down here but Martin has been really good."

Benitez added: "Yes, we work really hard. You can make mistakes, that's normal - especially at the beginning of your time at a club. But after a while you know everything about the league and the players you need."