Skrtel eyed Liverpool exit

Skrtel eyed Liverpool exit

Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel has admitted that he was close to leaving the Anfield club during the Summer.

The reds centre half struggled to hold down a regular first team place last term, only appearing 25 times in the Barclays Premier League and 7 in the Europa Cup.

There was talk of both Napoli and Zenit St Petersburg both being keen to take 29 year old Skrtel away from Anfield but the Slovakian international is happy he made the decision to stay.

So far this term Skrtel has made 23 appearances and netted 4 goals.

When asked whether he thought about leaving, Skrtel had this to say “I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about leaving,” 

“It wasn’t easy for me after last season. I was on the bench in the second part of the season, and that was something new for me.

“But it is not easy to leave a club like Liverpool because they are still one of the best clubs in the world. After six years here, it was not easy to say ‘okay, I’m leaving’.

“Before this season started, I just said to myself ‘I will fight and work very hard to try to show people I am able to play and start the games”

“I tried to work very hard in training every day and when I got a chance to play, I tried to do my best to help the team”.

Skrtel has been in impressive form for the reds this season. He has been a danger in both boxes also. If he can keep this form up then he could end up saving Liverpool purchasing another centre back come the Summer transfer window.

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