Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has committed his future to the Merseyside Club by signing a new contract at the club. There were some speculations about the future of the defender at Anfield as the player was entering the last 12 months of his previous contract and did not sign the previously offered contract by the club as he described it as “unacceptable”.
The Slovakian commanding defender ended those speculations by committing his future at Anfield until 2018 as he penned a new three year deal. Skrtel joined Liverpool back in 2008 from Zenit St-Petersburg. The defender made 293 appearances for the club since then and will pass the 300 mark next season. In his seven and half years at Anfield, he became a key member of the Liverpool squad and scored a total of seventeen goals.
Shortly after signing a new Liverpool contract on Friday, defender Martin Skrtel told Liverpoolfc.com why prolonging a seven-and-a-half-year stay at Anfield was always his priority. The Slovakian centre-back briefly took a pause from the first week of pre-season training to put pen to paper on a fresh extension with the Reds.
Skrtel insisted it was a straightforward decision to make, given the affection he and his family feel for the city and his confidence in the side’s prospects. The 30-year-old also pondered the possibility of reaching a decade of service to the club and pledged that the team will be ready to hit the ground running in the new season.
The defender made 48 appearances in all competition for the Reds in the previous season and considered as the leader of Liverpool’s defence. It will be a huge boost for Liverpool ahead of their pre season tour to Australia and far east Asia and the fans will be happy with the management as they managed to retain one of their most consistent and loyal servants.