The fact that Liverpool refused to sign more than one player this summer has remained a shock to many. The Reds signed only one player this summer and decided to not bring in another new face after adding Ibrahima Konate to their squad. They completed and announced that they had reached an agreement with German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig for the transfer of the France international defender before the end of last season and many people thought that they signed the player so early so that they would focus on other targets as the summer transfer window crept in. However, they did not sign another player till the window closed two days ago and many people still talk about it.
Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel spent almost a decade as a Liverpool player before signing for Turkish Super League giants Fenerbahce on July 14, 2016. Skrtel spent eight-and-a-half years at Liverpool before joining Fenerbahce. Skrtel signed for Fenerbahce from the Reds in a £5m deal.
Martin Skrtel found the back of the net twice in 31 games in the league and he was seriously linked with a return to the Premier League. The Slovak was touted as a possible addition for clubs such as Swansea City and Stoke City. Newcastle United were newly promoted in the Premier League at the time under manager Rafael Benitez and they were linked with a move for Skrtel. Skrtel played under Spanish tactician Benitez at Liverpool. Benitez was the mastermind behind his transfer from Russia Premier League side Zenit St. Petersburg in January 2008.
Former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has backed his former club to have a better start to the coming campaign than they did in the previous one. The Reds started their 2020-21 season against newly-promoted side Leeds United and were only able to snatch a close 4-3 win from Marcelo Bielsa's men in what was an exciting game of football to watch. After that match, Liverpool had a strange continuation to their season and became one of the worst clubs in the league, to the shock of many.
Slovakia right-back Peter Pekarik is known as Mr. Reliable for his consistently good performances on the right side of defence and he would be hoping to continue in the same manner for his country at the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament. Euro 2020 is set to be the last major tournament for Pekarik who's set to call it quit with national team duty according to reports in the media.
Pekarik and Slovakia have been drawn in Group E of the Euro 2020 tournament alongside Spain, Poland and Sweden. Slovakia start their Euro 2020 campaign against Poland on Monday evening before taking on Sweden next week Friday. Their last group game is against three-time winners Spain on Wednesday, June 23.
For a team that won the English Premier League title last season, many would have been expecting Liverpool to start this current campaign on a high and also compete for the title this season as well, but just like not everything that's expected usually happens, it did not turn out that way. The Reds started the season with a thrilling 4-3 win against Leeds United at Anfield and their fans thought that the club was continuing from where they stopped last season.
However, after a couple of games into the season, they started showing signs of lackluster performances and started to lag. They suffered a couple of losses and drew games they were expected to win comfortably. The major reason for their dip in form has been due to the many injured a lot of their players have had to suffer or deal with this season, including captain Virgil van Dijk.
Istanbul Basaksehir centre back Martin Skrtel enjoyed a good national team career with Slovakia before he retired two years ago. The ex-Liverpool and Zenit St. Petersburg defender had played for the Slovakia senior national team over a period of 15 years before he called time on his career with the team.
Martin Skrtel played for the various youth teams at country level before making his debut in the colours of the senior team in 2004. He played a major part in helping Slovakia qualify for the FIFA World Cup tournament for the first time ahead of the 2010 edition in South Africa.
Premier League Champions Liverpool continue to be linked with the signing of several defenders following the long-term injury that is still keeping club captain Virgil van Dijk out of action till the end of the current season. Aside from Van Dijk Liverpool have seen a couple of other first-team defenders suffer injuries, including Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.
The injury crisis at the club has now caused them to be linked with a move to bring back former defender Martin Skrtel but a lot of the club's fans have expressed their intentions and insist that they do not want a deal of that kind to happen.
Former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has picked up a major Achilles tendon injury while playing for his current team Istanbul Basaksehir. The defending Turkish Super Lig champions will undoubtedly suffer a loss as a result of this injury, as Skrtel has been a good player for the team since making the move from Atalanta back in September 2019. The Slovak is best known for his time with Liverpool where he spent a remarkable eight seasons. He was a key player in the team which punched above its weight for a long period. After leaving the Reds in 2016, Skrtel made the switch to Fenerbahce thus making him no stranger to Turkish football.
His three years with Fenerbahce did not give him any trophies. After a short spell with Atlanta, Skrtel has been brought back to Turkey with IstanbulBasaksehir. Immediately after coming back, Skrtel was among the trophies as he helped the team win the domestic league last season. The defender made 19 appearances in the league and even chipped in with three goals. At 36 years of age, he is entering into the last few years of his career.Basaksehir would not have liked to see their star defender suffered a major injury at this stage in the career. He will be undergoing surgery that is expected to keep him out for a substantial time.
InstabulBasaksehir defender Martin Skrtel will miss several months of football after he underwent surgery on a serious Achilles injury. This is according to a source close tohis Turkish club via a statement on the injury suffered by the Slovakian international centre back. Martin Skrtel had to be stretchered off the pitch after he ruptured the Achilles tendon in his left foot during the final league game of the year, a 2-2 draw at home to 10-man Kasimpasa.Martin Skrtel had to leave the field at the start of the second half as a result of the injury and was replaced by Turkish international player Mehmet Topal.
The extent of the injury suffered by Martin Skrtel during the game was revealed by a club source to Turkish media outlet Anadolu Agency.It was revealed that the former Liverpool player would be out of action for a long time. It remains to be seen whether he would return between now and the end of the season when his contract will expire. Martin Skrtel has some months left on his existing deal with the Turkish champions. The said deal will expire in the summer.
Istanbul Basaksehir defender Martin Skrtel has hailed Liverpool manager JurgenKlopp as the best manager in the world and that the German is a cut above his colleagues. Martin Skrtel praised JurgenKlopp during an interview with Turkish publication AA earlier this year as he disclosed that JurgenKlopp is a master at motivating people. Martin Skrtel played for Klopp for some months and that was enough for the German tactician to leave a lasting impression on the Slovakian international centre back.