Benitez may offer Skrtel Anfield exit
Rafa Bentiez may move for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel in the coming days with reports in Italy suggesting that Napoli may be willing to offer up to £12million for the defender.
Skrtel has been linked with moves to the Italian side and his former club Zenit St Petersburg in recent weeks and the Slovakian has said himself that he is not certain to stay at Liverpool for the coming season.
“Anything is possible, there are alternatives,” Skrtel said when asked about his future but said there has been no direct contact as of yet.
“So far the manager of Napoli, Rafael Bentiez, has not called me.”
Pepe Reina who joined the Serie A side on loan this summer said that he would be happy to play with the defender again but refused to confirm whether Napoli were interested in taking another player from Anfield.
“I don”t know what Napoli are looking for but I can say Martin Skrtel is a good player,” the keeper said.
His qualities would be great for any team and he is a great player. I respect Liverpool, Martin and all of the Napoli players so I can”t say anything more on this.”
Skrtel enjoyed a difficult start to life under Brendan Rodgers last season and he has been criticised for his performances alongside new vice captain nbso Daniel Agger by many including former Liverpool player Robbie Fowler.
“Last year they struggled as a pair. Why give them a chance when they”ve had years playing together? They”re not bad players they just struggle together,” Fowler said echoing the views of many commentators on the partnership.
“There is still a massive void defensively. Agger showed his defensive frailties last season. Martin Skrtel and Agger don”t look like a strong partnership to me and I don”t think Liverpool can rely on them.”
While Agger has been made vice-captain and linked with a move to Barcelona it is unlikely that Liverpool will sell the Dane this summer meaning that unless Skrtel is happy to become a squad player at the club this year he may have to move in search of first team football.
The arrival of Kolo Toure from Manchester City on a free transfer is likely to result in a partnership with Agger in Liverpool”s starting eleven Skrtel has said that he is happy to stay and fight for his place but a substantial offer from a Champions League team may be hard for club and player to turn down.