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Video: Martin Skrtel v. Stoke

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Saturday's match against Stoke didn't provide much in the way of top quality individual performances to look back on over the longest break between games in December or January, but amongst the many disappointing showings was yet another quality outing for Martin Skrtel. Six months ago fans impatiently waited for Phil Jones or Scott Dann to arrive on the transfer market and bump the Slovak down the depth chart, and now all the rugged defender does is turn in one man of the match calibre performance after another. It's not a complete shock, given the form he showed early on with the club, but after a few decidedly down seasons it's at least a welcome surprise.

Today's offering isn't quite the top quality every touch compilation we've come to expect in recent years, and the dodgy Chinese streaming site providing it might have transfer speeds better suited to audio of 8-bit video game theme songs, but at least it is video of one of Liverpool's two bright spots against Stoke—with the other being Glen Johnson alongside Skrtel. Plus with the madhouse atmosphere taking over the comments of late, we could all do with a bit of lightweight video distraction.