Skrtel happy to be Liverpool's hard man

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel doesn't shy away from his hard man image. Signed for £6.5million from Zenit St Petersburg in January, Skrtel said: “Yeah, maybe I am a hardman. If that is the way people think about me, I am not unhappy. “Pain is part of being a footballer. If you don’t like it then you are in the wrong job. When you play in the centre of defence you have to be prepared for pain. I am not in the team to make life easy for strikers. I have maybe found the perfect league for my game.” And Skrtel is grateful for his big chance in life with Liverpool.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel doesn't shy away from his hard man image.

Signed for £6.5million from Zenit St Petersburg in January, Skrtel said: “Yeah, maybe I am a hardman. If that is the way people think about me, I am not unhappy.

“Pain is part of being a footballer. If you don’t like it then you are in the wrong job. When you play in the centre of defence you have to be prepared for pain. I am not in the team to make life easy for strikers. I have maybe found the perfect league for my game.”

And Skrtel is grateful for his big chance in life with Liverpool.

He revealed: “Perhaps growing up where I did had something to do with my outlook. I always wanted more than I had in my hometown.

“I always wanted to leave it behind and make my way in the world. Playing football gave me a way out of my village.

“I worked hard every day, in every training session, to take my chance. Doing what I do now is a dream come true — and I got here because I have determination.”

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