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  • Price no marker for Rodgers

    first_img Speculation has linked the Slovakia international to a reunion with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez at Napoli but Rodgers has played that down, “It was hard on him at the beginning of the season, like last January when I made the change, I just felt that we needed experience in there,” said Rodgers. “Kolo came in and did really well in the games that he played but I’ve got no doubts about Martin Skrtel, he’s a very good player and the competition will help him. “I think that has been part of the problem here; players that have been comfortable and never really had competition. “It is incredible credit to him for how professional he has been. He has never moaned once despite lots of speculation about him going here, there and everywhere. “He and I have spoken a number of times, he knows where he has been at – he has never moaned or groaned, he has just got on with his work, done extra work so when that time came he was going to be ready. “He was absolutely brilliant against Manchester United but that doesn’t give me a problem, it just gives me a nice problem to think about. That’s my job as the manager.” Defensively Liverpool have been strong so far, winning all their league matches 1-0 – extended a run which has seen them keep clean sheets in eight of their last 10 league games, conceding just three times. Rodgers is likely to have all four senior centre-backs (vice-captain Daniel Agger included) available at Swansea on Monday but will be without right-back Glen Johnson, who is likely to be out for a further four to five weeks with a sprained ankle. “Fortunately for us, with the way it works out and the international breaks, he’ll probably only miss about four Premier League games,” he said. “Glen is the type of player that you never realise how much you miss him until he’s not there. “He played a lot of games last season and sometimes you can take that for granted with him. “Roy (Hodgson) was maybe thinking the same – and then he didn’t play for England. “He’ll go away, work hard and keep himself in the best shape he can. “We’re hoping over the course of the next five weeks he should be back.” “It doesn’t matter one iota. It is not me that puts the price on them,” said Rodgers. “You judge the player on what he is giving you every single day. That’s why I think it was unfair on the likes of Jordan Henderson. “Jordan didn’t set the price tag (£16million) on his head – he came in for a lot of money as a young player. “He’s shown over time and with confidence that you can be a very good player. “For me it doesn’t matter whether it was £1, a free transfer or £50million. “You want good players with strong mentalities, players that are willing to be brave on the ball and want to win games – irrespective of the price.” Competition in central defence is now especially fierce, highlighted by out-of-favour Martin Skrtel impressing last time out in the win over Manchester United on his first appearance of the season in place of the injured Kolo Toure, who himself had enjoyed a good start to his Reds career. Skrtel’s future at the club appeared in doubt from the moment he was dropped last January to allow for the return of the now-retired veteran Jamie Carragher. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned new arrival Mamadou Sakho he will have to earn his place on merit as an £18million transfer fee provides no guarantees. Managing director Ian Ayre described the France international as the club’s “marquee signing” of the summer following his move from Paris St-Germain on deadline day. However, the well-regarded centre-back will not be given an easy route into the first team. Press Associationlast_img read more


    first_imgFINN VALLEY AC’s Tori Pena opened her 2012 season in style competing in the U C S Spirit Pole Vault Summit overnight.She went for and hit a new Irish record of 4-45m edging closer to that much sought 4-50m mark needed for London Olympic Qualification.Her previous best 4.35 indoors and obviously a winter spent with an elite training group in Phoenix is beginning to show a return. This mark in itself puts her in line for world indoor selection and European championship selection next July but the focus is very much on being on that plane from Derry to London.A number of other high profile meets are planned in the weeks ahead Stateside so fingers crossed.She is pictured here at a recent Donegal game with Michael McGonagle.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com  DELIGHT AS TORI SETS ANOTHER IRISH POLE VAULT RECORD was last modified: January 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Valley ACnew irish recordtori penalast_img read more

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