Skrtel: Liverpool matching last season’s performances

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel believes the club are entering performances reminiscent of those that last season delivered a second-place finish in the Premier League and qualification for the Champions League, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Skrtel scored a late equaliser for the Reds against Arsenal on Sunday, the game finishing 2-2 after Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the first half. Mathieu Debuchy equalised before half-time and Olivier Giroud put the Gunners in front, but Skrtel netted in injury time to give his side a point.

The centre-back also needed extensive treatment on a head wound after he was caught by the boot of Giroud, revealing after the match he required seven staples to close the gash. Skrtel also shared his belief that a top four place isn’t out of the question by the end of the season as performances are improving. “The goal and the performance can help turn things around because there has been a lot of criticism of us,” he said.

“It will change and be better in the second half of the season. In the last three games against Manchester United, Bournemouth and Arsenal we have shown great performances and we need to keep going this way. Then the results will be better.

“It is closer to how we played last season, especially the last three games. We moved the ball well and created a lot of chances. We need to improve a few things and it will be better for us. It is different but it is working. We played a few games last season like this.”

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