‘Winner’ Kenny the key to revival

Since the Scot took over from Roy Hodgson in early January after

his disastrous six-month spell in charge the Reds have accrued 20

points from 10 matches, losing just twice. That has put them within

touching distance of fifth place – and the final qualifying spot

for Europe – in the Premier League. Skrtel has echoed the comments

of many of his team-mates in admitting the atmosphere is totally

different under the 60-year-old and believes it is all down to the

approach of the man rated the club’s greatest player and the last

manager to win the title at Anfield. Dalglish is still to have a

permanent contract offered to him by owners Fenway Sports Group,

having originally been appointed until the end of the season only,

but Skrtel would welcome him being given an extended deal. “He

knows how to take the pressure away and protect the squad,” said

the Slovakia international. “A lot has changed at the club

recently, but the most important thing has been confidence. Kenny

has given us that. “With confidence in football you can achieve

great things. Everybody is happy now, looking forward to every

single training session, every match. “If he gets a contract for a

long time, I’ll be very happy. Every day he makes work interesting

and enjoyable. “We are winning games now. You can tell Kenny is a

winner.” Skrtel’s future was the subject of speculation back in

January when he was enduring a poor run of form but the 26-year-old

is happy at Anfield. “Why would I go anywhere else? I know I am at

a huge club – one of the biggest in the world, with a history and a

set of supporters that no other club can really match,” he told LFC

Weekly. “We have great players like Stevie Gerrard, Luis Suarez and

Andy Carroll. Not everybody gets to experience this. I am very

proud to be here. “I have a contract for the next three-and-a-half

years. I am happy here, so if the manager and people at the club

are happy with my work, I’m happy to be here too.”