Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been named as the Slovakian player of the year for the third time in his career.

Martin Skrtel currently plays for Liverpool as the first choice central defender.

Despite the presence of experienced Jamie Carragher in the squad, Martin Skrtel has been the first choice for Kenny Dalglish this season.

His exploits at the back of the Liverpool defence have not gone unnoticed, as he has won the Slovakian player of the year award. This is the third time he has won the award in his career, thus making it even more special.

The Slovakian daily newspaper Pravada runs an annual poll in cooperation with the Slovakian football Federation to determine the best Slovakian footballer of the year. Martin Skrtel has been lucky on a number of occasions to win this award. The Slovakian comes on the back of a victory in the Carling cup.

Liverpool won their first trophy since 2006 after they defeated Cardiff city in the final of the Carling cup. The penalty shootout victory may not have been the most convincing for Liverpool, but it did the job. It has provided Liverpool with an impetus to go for the FA Cup as well this season.

This Slovakian player of the year award for Martin Skrtel has been the closest in many seasons, as the Liverpool defender managed to win the award by a close margin of just three points. The award has been running for 19 years now and this has been the closest margin of victory by any player. "What can I say? Three points is just one vote. I won two trophies in two days. It's fantastic," Martin Skrtel said after picking up the award in a ceremony held in Trnava. So far, the Liverpool defender has won it in 2007, 2008, and 2011.