Skrtel tips Reds for title

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel reckons the Reds can finally end their 21-year wait for the title.

Liverpool defender sets sights on crown

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel reckons the Reds can finally end their 21-year wait for the league title this season. The Anfield outfit are outsiders for the Premier League crown following last season's dismal seventh place finish and a summer of upheaval on Merseyside. Long-serving manager Rafa Benitez has been replaced by Roy Hodgson, while owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are looking to sell the club. But Skrtel still feels the Reds can edge back ahead of bitter rivals Manchester United and claim a record 19th English crown. "We made some good changes and I really believe that this can be our year," he told his personal website.

Unlucky

The Reds looked on course to start the season with a victory against Arsenal, but a late blunder from goalkeeper Pepe Reina allowed the Gunners to snatch a 1-1 draw. David Ngog had fired the Anfield outfit in front despite Liverpool being down to 10 men following Joe Cole's red card moments before the break. Skrtel added: "It is an unlucky result. The fact that Joe Cole was sent off did harm us and it is very difficult to play against Arsenal when you have one man down. "We wanted to stay calm in defence and try to score which we did. Unfortunately we didn't do enough to hold on to our lead. "On the other hand, we have shown our strong will and character which is a good sign."

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