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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.

 

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Liverpool unlikely to make January signings as Klopp wants to keep a close unit

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Liverpool won’t sign players in January unless they face a big problem

The Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst took part in a regular Q+A session after our loss to Napoli in the Champions League.

The journalist was asked about a range of topics regarding the club including our plans in the winter window and when our injured players could return.

Liverpool didn’t make any big signings in the summer as they signed a couple of young players. We did sign Adrian and Andy Lonergan but those were done to provide cover for Alisson.

Gorst was asked if the Reds would make any signings in the January window, and he claimed that it would take a major problem for any deal to take place (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think for Liverpool to be active in the January window there would have to be a big problem at Anfield.

“Klopp likes the close-knit makeup of his squad and prefers his numbers to be trim. I don’t see a scenario where the Reds boss is delving into the market to make a significant addition at this stage.”

The journalist added that Klopp believes in the current crop of players after the perfect start to the Premier League campaign.

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The German isn’t known to make big winter signings and it would be a huge deal if the manager makes a move in January.

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The Reds have a pretty strong team and it will be interesting to see how our season develops in the coming months.

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We have looked good so far this season and were a little unlucky to return from Napoli without a point.

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Liverpool interested in 27-year-old Real Madrid star but face competition from Premier League rivals

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Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid attacker Isco

Calciomercato (h/t AS) reports that Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid’s talented Spaniard Isco.

The 27-year-old can play in several positions in the attack and has scored one goal and provided one assist for the Madrid side this season.

Isco has had his troubles with Real in the past season or so and only started 11 La Liga games for them.

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The 27-year-old did appear in 16 league games as a substitute, with Real changing managers thrice in the previous campaign.

Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm of the La Liga giants and Isco hasn’t played for the side since the 1-1 draw against Valladolid at the end of August.

The report claims that there is further interest in Isco, with Manchester City and Juventus also keen on the 27-year-old.

Do Liverpool need Isco?

The Spaniard is a great talent but his inconsistency has been a problem over the past 18 months or so.

Liverpool could use a playmaker just behind the front-three and Isco is capable of playing in that position.

However, the Spaniard has mostly been used in the wide positions this season, and it will be interesting to see if he is on the move later on.

Liverpool have three of the best attackers in world football at the moment, and there is immense competition for places in the midfield too.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita could provide us with an attacking dimension from the midfield. However, the pair have had their injury problems in recent years.

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Spanish star linked with Liverpool after excellent display in Champions League

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Fabian Ruiz of Napoli linked with Liverpool after excellent display

Liverpool’s Champions League opener might not have gone their way with a 2-0 defeat at Napoli.

The Reds were unlucky to concede a penalty late in the game, with replays showing that Jose Callejon had fallen over before contact was made with Andy Robertson.

Dries Mertens made no mistake from the spot and we tried to get back into the game.

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Fernando Llorente scored in the dying seconds of the game after some miscommunication at the back, but we had our chances to score too.

One player who impressed in the midfield was Fabian Ruiz. The Spaniard was linked with the Reds before the clash (h/t Calciomercato) and did a great job in controlling the midfield.

The 23-year-old has been great for Napoli under Carlo Ancelotti, and reports (h/t Liverpool Echo) claim that the midfielder is being linked with Liverpool once again.

A quality signing for the Reds?

Liverpool do have a packed midfield with the likes of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain yet to shine this season.

Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum are great as a unit but the likes of James Milner and Adam Lallana are in their 30s and cannot start every game for us.

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Marko Grujic has also impressed at Hertha Berlin on loan, and he should be handed a chance to prove his ability at Anfield.

The Serbian would be a smart option for the Reds but Ruiz seems to be a more complete article right now.

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Calciomercato added that Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid were also interested in the Spaniard, and it will be interesting to see if Ruiz is on the move next season.

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