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Skrtel on move to keep Liverpool in groove

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has no concerns about continuing to play Martin Skrtel out of position as he believes increased competition within the squad has forced all his players to raise their game.

The Slovakia central defender has played the majority of the last two matches against Bolton and Stoke at right-back after injuries to Martin Kelly and Glen Johnson.

Should he continue in that role at Tottenham tomorrow he is likely to come up against his greatest challenge so far in the form of flying winger Gareth Bale.

But Dalglish has no worries about his centre-back, who has found opportunities in his preferred position limited by the form of Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger while new Uruguayan signing Sebastian Coates has brought added competition in that area.

“He is playing out of position but it is not a problem for him,” said the Reds boss. “He came on against Bolton and was very comfortable. He has thrown himself into the right-back position and done brilliantly and he doesn't look out of place to me. If we have to keep him there then we have to keep him there.

“There is no way Martin Skrtel is going to let you down for lack of commitment.” Dalglish added. “One of the benefits of this group of players is that they are prepared to play wherever they can get a game.

“They will do their very best and if it is not right it is not their problem it is our problem. It is a great credit to them. Martin has been given the opportunity and he has done the best he can to continue to do it and if someone else gets the opportunity they will be exactly the same.”

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