Sunday, September 08, 2013

Skrtel Considering Anfield Departure

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is believed to be considering his future at Anfield after manager Brendan Rodgers signed three new centre-backs over the summer.

The Slovakia captain joined the Reds in 2008 for £6.5 million and after starting last season with Daniel Agger as Rodgers’ first-choice central-defensive pairing, the 28-year-old had a testing campaign on Merseyside last term.

Skrtel was heavily linked with a transfer to Napoli over the summer with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, who brought the defender to Anfield and is now in charge of the Italian club, keen to take the Slovakian to Serie A.

Napoli are understood to have wanted to initially sign Skrtel on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer but Liverpool rejected an approach from the Italian outfit.

Rodgers, meanwhile, signed defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer from Manchester City at the start of the summer and then bought centre-backs Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain and Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon on transfer deadline day for £18 million and £7 million respectively.

A Merseyside source has now told SportsDirect News Skrtel has concerns about the amount of first-team action he will get at Anfield and is seriously considering his future with Liverpool.

Benitez is likely to make another move for the 28-year-old in January when the transfer market re-opens as he looks to team Skrtel up with Pepe Reina, who joined Napoli on loan this summer from Liverpool.

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