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Defender Skrtel signs new contract at Liverpool

Defender Martin Skrtel has signed a two-year contract extension at Liverpool and is now targeting Premier League success this season.

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Liverpool paid a club record £6 million fee for a defender when signing Skrtel from Zenit St Petersburg in January 2008 and he has gone on to make 55 Premier League appearances for the club.

Skrtel had two years remaining on his existing contract but has decided to firm up his commitment to the club by agreeing terms on a new deal that ties him to Liverpool until 2014.

"I'm very pleased," Skrtel told the club's official website. "I have been at Liverpool for nearly three years and I really like it here. I like the city, I like the club and I like the fans so I'm happy I am able to sign a new contract.

"Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world so I am proud I can play here for four more years. Before I came here a lot of people thought I wasn't good enough to play for Liverpool, but I think I have shown I am.

"Lots of things have changed at the club this year with new players, a new manager and new medical staff. The spirit is very good and we showed that against Arsenal with a great performance. We can build on that and carry it on.

"We have quality in the dressing room and I know we will do better this year. A club like Liverpool deserves to win trophies and I will help them do that, hopefully this season. Everyone plays football to win trophies. Playing for Liverpool is a big motivation for everyone and we will do everything we can to win the Premier League. We have the highest targets - to win everything."

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