SKRTEL ADMITS REDS UNDERACHIEVED
Defender Martin Skrtel insists Liverpool's Barclays Premier League performance has to take priority over everything else after coming up short this season.
The Reds' eighth-placed finish has partly contributed to the uncertainty concerning the future of manager Kenny Dalglish, who returned from the United States on Tuesday after a meeting with the club's owners.
Neither principal owner John Henry nor chairman Tom Werner have, as yet, given any indication what their thoughts are after a hugely disappointing campaign and speculation continues about Dalglish's long-term prospects at Anfield.
Skrtel, whose own future has been the subject of some debate in recent days, accepts their poor league form has to be addressed despite encouraging cup runs which saw Liverpool end a six-year wait for a trophy.
"We won the Carling Cup and got to the final of the FA Cup, so from that point of view it was a good season in the cups," said the Slovakia international, who is recovering from surgery on a nose problem which forced him to miss the final match of the season last weekend.
"But I think the most important thing is the league and we didn't get enough in it."
He added on liverpoolfc.tv: "Everybody knows it wasn't a great season because we finished in eighth position and that's not good.
"I think we deserved to finish higher than eighth position, but there were too many games in which we didn't get three points - and there were too many games in which we didn't get what we deserved."
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