Skrtel will be on the sidelines for three months after suffering a knee injury last week and Thommo told liverpoolfc.tv: "I just love Skrtel.
"He has made a real impression at the club. People talk about Fernando Torres, but this lad could be a real gem.
"He's good in the air, quick, strong and he doesn't hold any of his opponents in high esteem. He is there to win for the club and I think our fans have tapped into that."