When Dejan Lovren became a feasible defensive partner for Mamadou Sakho in the second half of this past season, another center back dropped further down the pecking order with manager Jürgen Klopp.
Martin Skrtel, a longtime servant for Liverpool in the central defense, battled a hamstring injury and struggled to find playing time down the stretch. And when he started -- as he did in a late season meltdown against Swansea City -- he wasn't very good.
With Lovren, Sakho and Joel Matip all clearly slotted ahead of him entering next season, along with rising youngsters such as Joe Gomez set to break through, it's likely that he'll move elsewhere this summer. Even his agent said last week that "it is 90 percent sure [Martin Skrtel] will leave Liverpool."
Besiktas have now offered £7 million for Skrtel, according to the Daily Mail. That's a reasonable amount for 31-year-old defender well past his prime. Plus, such a move could give him a chance to extend his career with a team well positioned to win silverware in the near future.
For a loyal player who made 319 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool without complaint, it's only fitting that his exit appears set to be quiet and painless. The Reds have yet to respond to Besiktas' offer, though, and additional updates on this potential deal will likely surface in the near future.