Since arriving at Anfield at the beginning of June, Brendan Rodgers has been clear on who he wants in his squad for the beginning of this season. Whilst Andy Carroll seems likely to depart, one name that Rodgers has been adamant on keeping in the side is Martin Skrtel.
Yet according to the Daily Mail, Liverpool could face a fight to keep the defender in their squad. Manchester City, Anzhi Machakala and Napoli are all interested in the Slovakian are all courting the services of the defender. Yet Rodgers does seem confident in resigning the defender and content with his role in the squad during their preseason tour.
Yet despite contract talks being stalled for a considerable amount of time, no bids have yet to be made for the Slovakian defender. Therefore, Liverpool fans must question the seriousness of such rumours flying around.
Personally I can’t see past the ideas that these rumours have been conjured by Skrtel’s agent. Firstly, if these clubs were interested in acquiring the services of Skrtel then surely they would act now whilst the defender appears to be disgruntled over his Liverpool contract.
Secondly, one has to question whether Skrtel is good enough to open the cheque book for. If he were to hypothetically leave Liverpool, the Merseyside club would surely wish to obtain as much as possible for their central defender. Yet would Manchester City really open their cheque book for the Slovakian? It appears unlikely when they are capable of signing almost anyone they desire.
As for Napoli, it seems unlikely that the defender would move to Italy. With Skrtel’s physical playing style, the centre back may struggle to adapt to the slower, less physical Italian game. In addition Liverpool would be able to ask for a high price for the Slovakian should he choose to leave and with funds limited at Napoli comparing to their competitors.
As for Anzhi? It may make sense as Skrtel used to ply his trade in Russia before his move to Merseyside. In addition the super riches of the side plus manager Guus Hiddink may tempt the centre back into a move. Yet if the Slovakian were to leave then surely he would choose the riches of Champions League football and a higher league than the Russian Premier League he left 5 years ago.
The point I’m trying to make is that such transfer rumours for Skrtel are highly unlikely to come into fruition. The reason behind this is that they have most likely been simply elaborated or possibly manufactured by Skrtel’s agent.
If he were to leave then it would be likely that a bid would have arrived by now, whilst the chance to clubs paying big money for a defender of Skrtel’s quality is highly unlikely – despite being a Liverpool fan myself, one must admit that the Slovakian is hardly the finished article.
Rodgers’ confidence in resigning the centre-back is legitimate and so it should be. Skrtel will more than likely be returning to Anfield for Liverpool’s Europa League game on August 9th having signed a contract extension.
In spite of the rumours linking him to other sides, Liverpool fans needn’t worry about their central defender.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!