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(Image) PROOF that Martin Skrtel’s ban could prove devastating to Liverpool’s top four push

Martin Skrtel has been handed a three-match ban after the Liverpool defender was ruled to have deliberately stamped on the leg of Manchester United’s David De Gea.

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This graphic will prove miserable viewing for Brendan Rodgers and the Anfield faithful, as the Slovakian is the Reds’ best defender in all aspects: tackles won, clearances, interceptions, shots blocked and fouls conceded.

The 30-year-old will miss the huge clash with Arsenal, which is a must-win if the club are to be in with a narrow chance of making the top-four, and the absence of Skrtel is a significant blow for Rodgers.

Liverpool’s defeat to Man United over the weekend leaves the Anfield side five points off their arch rivals, who sit in fourth spot, and as such the loss of Skrtel could prove a devastating blow to the Anfield side’s push for a Champions League berth.

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