Martin Skrtel - Good Pick at Anfield
Martin Skrtel has been one of the first-team regulars at Anfield for the last decade.
The central defender seemed like an unlikely candidate to partner alongside Jamie Carragher when he arrived for around £ 6 million in 2008. However, he has gone on to make more than 300 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions. Skrtel looked like heading for legendary status at Anfield even though he has not won much trophies at the club. The regime change that brought manager Jurgen Klopp to the club has worked against him. Skrtel lost his place in the first-team towards the end of the campaign under Klopp.
His agent now claims that Skrtel is 90% certain to leave the club at the end of the campaign. Turkish club Besiktas are reportedly interested in signing him. The 31-year-old is likely to command a sizeable transfer fee despite his age. A major reason for Kloppdropping Skrtel from the first-team may be poor form, but this form seems to have been induced because of the numerous injuries suffered by the player this campaign. Skrtel has made the lowest number of appearances in all competitions (27) for the first time since his debut campaign. Lack of first-team opportunities may start to hurt his international career and it appears that Skrtel is not willing to let this happen.
Liverpool recently brought in Joel Matip to confirm that they are ready to sell Skrtel. "Besiktas is one of those interested in Martin, but we haven't reached a point where I can confirm Martin is going there, or anywhere else. But I can say that it is 90% sure Martin will leave Liverpool, but it is far from closed," said Skrtel’s agent Karol Csonto. Skrtel is now behind Kolo Toure and Dejan Lovren in the pecking order at Liverpool.