Finally the Slovak’s misery at the Anfield has put to an end by the German manager Jurgen Klopp. Just due to the brilliance of Dejan Lovren and Mamdou Sakho, the 31-year-old’s playing time was cut short and Skrtel even lost to his place to Kolo Toure, who has also departed from the club. It is no secret that Martin Skrtel was one of the longest serving player for the Reds, and that’s why, he will be missed heavily.
The 31-year-old recently completed his transfer to the Turkish side Fenerbahce and it has been reported that the Istanbul club paid Liverpool £5m. Almost every player will miss the towering Slovakian, and his compatriot Lucas Leiva even sent a heart whelming message for Skrtel:
“My friend Martin Skrtel, I wish you all the very best in your new club. We will miss you. Pedro Lucas will miss Matteo. Good luck.”
Skrtel was presented as a Fenerbahce player on Friday, and it was Fenerbahce, who first announced his arrival through their twitter account.
Martin Skrtel, who started his professional career with AS Trenčín joined Liverpool in January 2008 after spending four successful seasons with Zenit Saint Petersburg, where he made 113 appearances. In his very first season with the club, he made 20 appearances. In his first full season with the club, he replaced the first choice defender Daniel Agger, but due to a knee injury, the player missed several weeks, yet Skrtel managed 30 appearnaces for the side.
Eventually, Martin went on to become a first team figure for Liverpool. During the 2011-12 season, he formed a great partnership with Daniel Agger and became one of the most toughest defensive duo in the league. The Slovakian’s increasing standard of performances led to him becoming a fan favourite at Anfield, and earned him the nickname ‘The Terminator’.
Skrtel became one of the best defenders Liverpool ever had and many believe that he would be the perfect candidate to succeed Jamie Carragher, who retired in 2013. The towering Slovak became a fan favourite due to his desire and dedication towards the club. He was fearless whenever he launched himself for the tackle.
Due to his fierce attitude in the game, he started receiving offers from many clubs, Skrtel remained with the Reds through their thick and thin. He played a great role for Liverpool, but due to his age and his lack of physical fitness, he became the second best for the team.
After the arrival of Klopp back in October 2015, the 31-year-old totally lost his place and injuries played a major role in that as well. Well, to be perfectly honest, it was for the good of Skrtel that Liverpool let him go, because let’s face it, the current form of Sakho and Lovren would never had given Skrtel a spot in the starting XI and to make it worse, Klopp bough Joel Matip.
The 2012 Liverpool player of the year, was and still is the favourite of the entire Liverpool family. Even to this date, Skrtel is a strong, aggressive and a utility defender, but the former Zenit St Petersburg man lacks consistency and also lacks the physical demands of the English game. Skrtel eventually became a surplus for Klopp and no one wanted him to become a third man in the family and therefore, his move is something very good for all the parties. With that being said, we wish Martin all the best for his future.
Liverpool legend open to these two Tottenham stars adding an extra-dimension to the attack
Latest Liverpool transfer news: John Aldridge open to Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min joining Liverpool
Liverpool legend John Aldridge wrote for the Irish Independent and believes the Reds need to add some players to their attack.
The Reds were excellent last season and capped off the campaign by winning the Champions League.
Our attack was stretched a little with Roberto Firmino’s injury late in the season but Divock Origi scored some crucial goals for us. Aldridge believes that the Reds have to bolster the attack and a quality centre-forward could add an “extra dimension” to the side.
The former Red named a couple of Tottenham players and wondered if we could pry them from our rivals (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“So I wonder whether Lucas Moura could be prised away from Tottenham, as he had to be a little bemused to be left out of their Champions League final starting line-up after he scored a fantastic hat-trick in the semi-final against Ajax.
“Moura is a tricky forward who could slot into the team if any of the front three were out and the same could be said of his team-mate Son Heung-min, although I would be surprised if Spurs allowed the South Korean to leave after his outstanding season.”
Aldridge backed Jurgen Klopp and his team to possibly have an ace up the sleeve and sign a quality striker in the summer.
The former Red threw Wilfried Zaha’s name in the mix and claimed that Klopp could take the Ivorian to another level (h/t Liverpool Echo).
Son would be a great addition to the Reds
Son is one of the best in the Premier League and can play in the wide positions or as an attacking midfielder.
Moura might have done the magic for Spurs against Ajax, however, Son is more consistent and will improve in the coming seasons.
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It would be a miracle if we could steal the South Korean from Tottenham, but we should be in the market for a striker after seeing Daniel Sturridge leave in the summer.
Liverpool willing to send 22-year-old starlet on loan to Premier League clubs
Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds willing to send Harry Wilson on loan to Premier League sides
The 22-year-old was excellent for Derby as they reached the Championship play-off final, but he could not get them over the line.
The Welsh attacker racked up 16 goals and four assists for the Rams, and the report claims that this would be a blow for several Championship clubs interested in Wilson.
Derby and Leeds were interested in the 22-year-old, according to the report, but Premier League club Wolves are also keeping tabs on the attacker.
Liverpool to finalise Wilson’s fate soon
The report claims that any decision on Wilson’s future depends on his performances in pre-season.
Jurgen Klopp wants to take a close look at the 22-year-old in the summer as the Welshman tries to break into the Liverpool first-team.
Liverpool could do with cover for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane out wide, and Wilson was in the form of his life last season.
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The 22-year-old could be an important player for us next season, however, he still has to improve a lot before being considered a starter at Liverpool.
Liverpool talisman decides against £150million exit despite interest from European giants
Liverpool FC transfer news: Mohamed Salah rejects £150million exit from Liverpool
The Mirror claims that Egyptian sensation Mohamed Salah has rejected a move away from Liverpool in the summer. The 27-year-old scored in the Champions League final to help the Reds win their first title under Jurgen Klopp.
Salah also won his second consecutive Golden Boot after ending the Premier League campaign as one of the top scorers.
However, the report claims that Salah feels it is not the right time to leave Anfield, given our Champions League exploits.
Sadio Mane is another player who has been enquired about, but the report claims that the Senegal star is in no mood to leave either.
The pair want to win the Premier League for the Reds and break that duck next season, and Salah will revisit his situation at the end of the next season (h/t Mirror).
No reason to leave Liverpool at all
There isn’t any reason why a player would want to leave the Reds at the moment.
We play great football under Klopp, we have been on the up ever since he arrived and seem set to challenge for more trophies next season.
We have seen Philippe Coutinho struggle after his big move to Barcelona, while Real and Juve are in a transition period.
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Liverpool are more stable than the other clubs, and another trophy or two next season should keep everyone on board.