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The strong centre-back has called on his team-mates to improve and win a long awaited Premier League title this season...

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was largely responsible for the toughness in the Reds' rearguard last season, and he has called upon the rest of the squad to better their performances against the weaker clubs this season.

"Last season we beat [Manchester] United home and away, beat Chelsea home and away and drew with Arsenal home and away," he told LFC Magazine.
 
"If the league was decided just between these four teams we would be the champions.
 
"Our problem was dropping points against the other teams, like Stoke [City] home and away, West Ham [United] and Hull [City] at Anfield.
 
"This season we have to try and improve these small details. If we can do that while still beating the top teams, we'll be even better this time."

When quizzed as to whether Manchester City, Aston Villa or Everton would break into the 'Top Four', the Slovakian remained unfazed, claiming that the top four will battle amongst themselves yet again.

"I can't see it changing much from last season," he said nonchalantly.
 
"Man United will be a big favourite again and Chelsea will be there, with Arsenal likely to be pushing too.
 
"Maybe [Manchester] City will also be able to challenge. They have brought a lot of top players into the club, but we will have to wait and see if it works for them."

The 24-year-old focused on his pre-season, and the tryst with injury that has kept him out of the squad during the last two weeks.

"I started pre-season well and came through the first two to three weeks, which are probably the most important," he explained.
 
"But then I got the injury when we were in the Far East.
 
"Of course, I've now missed out on a couple of weeks' training, but the most important thing is to try to get ready as soon as possible."

The Reds will begin their Premier League campaign on Sunday with an awkward game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Adithya Ananth, Goal.com

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