Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel could consider a departure from Anfield this summer after inconsistent performances for the Reds this season have led to him being benched. Brendan Rodgers could be willing to let him go as Russian sides Zenit Saint Petersburg and Anzhi Makhachkala, though Premiership rivals Arsenal are also plotting a move for the Slovakia international.
Rodgers is planning a redevelopment of his defence this summer, especially with Jamie Carragher retiring at the end of the season. Skrtel has failed to convince Rodgers of his abilities and the manager could offload the 28 year-old and bring in a new player to replace him.
The Daily Express quoted Skrtel’s agent Karol Ksonto as saying, “I think the situation will be clarified at the end of the season. As for the interest from other clubs – this is normal for a player like Skrtel. I can only add that no formal proposals have been reported to us.”
Skrtel played for Zenit for four years before Liverpool signed him in 2008 and a return to the Russian club seems like a possibility. The Slovakian admitted having a slight bias towards Zenit as he said, “I enjoyed the time when I played in St. Petersburg, because I had ‘Zenith’, the fans and the city. This team, which has a large number of high-profile players, sets very high goals.”
Swansea’s Ashley Williams is a top target for the Reds manager and he would have to look for a few more defensive signings if Skrtel is sold this summer. Daniel Agger is also being chased by Barcelona and we could see a very changed defensive line-up at the Merseyside club next season.