Liverpool’s SAS strikeforce may be receiving all the headlines for their efforts in front of goal this season, having racked up a rather mesmerising combined total of 50, making them directly responsible for 52% of all the Reds’ league goals, but the goal contribution of veteran centre-back Martin Skrtel has arguably been more impressive.
Prior to the current campaign, the 29 year-old had claimed just seven goals in 151 Premier League outings, averaging out at one goal per 22 appearances. This term however, he’s doubled his previous total to fourteen, having netted seven times in 33 Premier League starts.
That’s more goals than any other Premier League defender, and also makes him the Anfield outfit’s fifth top scorer this season, bettered only by Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling. It’s as many goals as Kevin Nolan, Christian Eriksen and David Silva, and more than Frank Lampard, Roberto Soldado, Samir Nasri and Ross Barkley to name a few.
It also means he’d be the top scorer at seven other Premier League clubs, namely Crystal Palace, Fulham, Cardiff, Norwich, West Ham, Hull and West Brom.
His three own goals this season however – the most of any Premier League player – rather blemishes Skrtel’s impressive haul.