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Liverpool contest Martin Skrtel ban – Reds taking calculated risk

Liverpool are set to deny the FA’s charge of violent conduct against defender Martin Skrtel, according to Daniel Taylor from The Guardian.

Skrtel appeared to stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea in the dying seconds of Sunday’s game at Anfield.

Skrtel was charged yesterday and was set to miss Liverpool’s next three games – away to Arsenal in the league, an FA Cup replay at Ewood Park against Blackburn and then Newcastle’s visit Anfield.

The major risk for Liverpool is that if their appeal is deemed ‘frivolous’ then, under FA rules, Skrtel would be in danger of having another match added to the standard three-game ban.

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With Steven Gerrard set to start his suspension and injury doubts over Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana, Liverpool’s decision to appeal an offence which looked obvious to many may be a sign of desperation.

Check the incident which got Skrtel charged below:

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