He may not be the flashiest name on the teamsheet, but Martin Skrtel remains one of the first. Fully adjusted to the demands of playing under Brendan Rodgers, the 30-year-old has again been a mainstay at centre hlad for the Reds, and, for second season in a row, he nears the end of the season one of the club’s best and most consistent performers.
Given his age and that he only has one more season to run on his current deal—something that increasingly seems a theme for Liverpool this season when it comes to many of their key players—though, there are growing questions about his future as the end of the season nears. And now there are also rumours to be mongered, with reports of Wolfsburg interest in the defender.
An added wrinkle is provided by the fact that Wolfsburg, currently sat a comfortable second in Germany, appear to have locked up a Champions League berth, something that seems all but out of reach for the Reds. With Dejan Lovren failing to impress and no fit, first choice right back in sight, it means Liverpool could face something of a complete rebuild at the back.
Since arriving for £6.5M in 2008 from Zenit St. Petersburg, Skrtel has made nearly 300 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool, scoring 17 goals along the way. He was named the club’s player of the season during a difficult 2010-11 campaign, and has earned 72 caps with Slovakia.
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