Ranking Liverpool centre-backs of the Premier League era following Skrtel’s new deal

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We have received a massive boost ahead of the new season, with Martin Skrtel set to sign an extension on his current deal at the club, as reported by Sky Sports. He has unquestionably been one of our best defenders in recent times, and it’s fantastic to hear that he’s extending his stay at Anfield.

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The Slovakian defender is arguably up there with the best Liverpool defenders of the Premier League era, and below we’ve ranked our top centre-backs of the last two decades.

6) Neil Ruddock

Razor was a real powerhouse in defence, and was known for his tough tackling and commitment. He enjoyed getting forward as well, and would regularly pop up with hugely important goals.

Unfortunately, he was part of a generation of footballers where fitness was not as key as it is today, and he failed to adapt to the increasing demands of the Premier League.

5) Martin Skrtel

The most reliable defender in our current crop, Skrtel’s new deal is a massive boost. We have lacked defensive stability at times since the departure of Jamie Carragher, and keeping our back line intact will hopefully help us to restore that stability.

Like Ruddock, Skrtel is known for getting himself on the scoresheet – most recently scoring an equaliser against Arsenal right at the death to secure a valuable point.

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