Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been named Slovakia Player of the Year.

Skrtel beat Marek Hamsik of Napoli and Genoa's Juraj Kucka for the award.

Skrtel said: "I am very happy to win it for the third time. I was not successful for the last two years but this year is different.

"Everything is going so well. I would like to say thanks for all the votes you gave me and for all the support people are showing me. It is a great feeling.

"I can only promise you that I will work as hard as I can to win it again."