On this day in 2008 Slovakian centre back Martin Škrtel joined Liverpool.
Signing for the Red for a fee of £6.5 million from Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg, Škrtel was held in very high regard by then-manager Rafael Benitez who compared his ability and playing style to that of Jamie Carragher’s. Donning the number 37 jersey for the Reds, Škrtel quickly became a favourite amongst fans as his aerial ability and toughness in the tackle saw him become an integral part of a formidable Liverpool defence.
Making a total of 319 competitive appearances for the Reds, Škrtel was a crucial player for the Reds, most notably helping them to their 2012 League Cup victory over Cardiff as his goal levelled the scoring (1-1) and saw the game through into extra-time. Despite coming close on other occasions, that League Cup triumph was Škrtel’s solitary piece of silverware from his time at Anfield. The big Slovakian moved on to Turkish side Fenerbahçe in the summer of 2016, though his service at Liverpool over those eight and a half seasons is not unappreciated.