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Tuesday 14 February 2012

Skrtel sets sights on treble success

Slovakian wants to win two trophies and finish in top four this season

Martin Skrtel has been in superb form at the heart of Liverpool's defence this season

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has targeted a treble success for the Anfield club from now until the end of the season.

Skrtel wants the Reds to win both the FA Cup and Carling Cup and then secure a place in the top four of the Barclays Premier League, which would mean qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool face Brighton in the fifth round on Saturday 18th February and then meet Championship side Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final on Sunday 26th February.

"Our target was to qualify for the Champions League and win some trophies"
- Martin Skrtel

The Reds are also seventh in the Barclays Premier League, only four points behind Arsenal who are in fourth place.

"At the start of the season our targets were to qualify for the Champions League and to win some trophies," said Skrtel on the club's official website.

"Now we are in the Carling Cup final, still in the FA Cup and close to the top four. Our targets are still reachable.

"We just need to focus on the next game and try to win that. Then, when all the games are played, we'll see how many points we have at the end.

"It's up to us to ensure we qualify for the Champions League. We've had close games with Manchester City, Manchester United and Spurs. And we beat Chelsea. I believe we can get there."

Skrtel also says the Liverpool players will treat the Carling Cup the same as the FA Cup, as the Anfield club prepares for its first visit to Wembley since 1996.

"Some people say the FA Cup is more important than the Carling Cup but I don't see it that way," he added. "They are both trophies, and if you win one you qualify for Europe. But I want to win both of them.

"I think everybody plays football to win medals and trophies. Now we have a big final coming up [against Cardiff] and I have a chance to win my first trophy with Liverpool.

"I believe we will win, but I know it won't be easy. I think it will be a very difficult game but I think we can get the cup."

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Key Points

  • Martin Skrtel wants Liverpool to have three things to celebrate at end of season
  • Club in Carling Cup final and FA Cup fifth round
  • Also challenging for fourth in Barclays Premier League