Skrtel happy with Kyrgiakos partnership

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Anfield Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers (2-1) Premier League 24/10/2010 Sotirios Kyrgiakos  (Liverpool) celebrates first goal with Raul Meirilees Photo: Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has told BBC Radio Merseyside of his admiration for Reds Greek defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

Skrtel and Kyrgiakos have been Roy Hodgson’s central defence partnership for three games running in the absence of Glen Johnson, which has seen Jamie Carragher switch to right back.

Kyrgiakos was on the scoresheet in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Blackburn in the Premier League at Anfield and Skrtel says he has found a connection with the 31-year-old at the back.

He told BBC Radio Merseyside, “It’s going really well, he’s a great player.

“He’s a good guy off the pitch and I like the person and player. I think he won all his headers against Blackburn and he’s very good from set-pieces.”

The three points against Blackburn kept the Reds in the relegation zone, but Skrtel believes it will give the team the confidence to rise up the league table.

“The league table isn’t nice when you look at it,” Skrtel added. “I think everything is close at the bottom and if we carry on winning I think we will go higher and higher.

“We were under pressure before the Blackburn game and everyone was expecting the win. Now that we have the win, we are very happy.”

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