The newly-appointed Liverpool manager may
be eager to dispose of £30 million striker Andy Carroll, but a recent interview
revealed that he was somewhat less eager to lose another star.
Plucked from obscurity as a youngster by
Rafa Benitez, Martin Skrtel quickly emerged as the natural successor to Sami
Hyypia and a mainstay of the Reds’ defence over the coming years.
However, the departure of the Spaniard,
coupled with a few barren years for the Merseysiders, has seen the Slovakian
seemingly grow discontented.
No more is this more evident than in the
fact the player has failed to sign a new contract. And with just two years left
on his current deal, a number of clubs are rumoured to be circling the player.
Speaking during Liverpool’s tour of the US
though, manager Brendan Rodgers dismissed such suggestions.
“I’ve heard nothing from any other club.
Martin has been fantastic. He seems happy and contented,” he said.
“He has fit into my plans and ideas. I will
fight as hard as I can to keep the players that I want here and Martin is one
Yet, these comments contradict those of
Skrtel himself who admitted last week that a number of offers had been made for
“At the moment I am a Liverpool player and
what happens in future in football you can never foresee,” he added, cagily.
While the likes of Juventus could offer
plenty of glamour for the player, a move to Manchester City could prove a more
Firstly, as someone based in Liverpool, a
move or commute to the nearby city of Manchester would reduce any upheaval
linked with a transfer.
Secondly, City are likely to offer Skrtel
improved contract terms for his services with better win bonuses and an
enhanced weekly wage to boot.
Finally, Manchester City could be the
perfect club for the Slovakian to claim major honours, with the Blues eager to
compete both domestically and in Europe.
For City meanwhile, the deal looks like a sound
move, with Skrtel available for less, given how little is left on his contract.
More importantly, with years of experience under his belt at Liverpool, the player will be ready for action come the kick off for the new season.