Liverpool’s reigning player of the year Martin Skrtel has ended speculation about his future by signing a new long-term contract at Anfield. Martin Skrtel said he was never interested in leaving Liverpool (Picture: Ian Hodgson) The 27-year-old Slovakian defender joined from Zenit St Petersburg four years ago and has made 175 appearances for the Reds. ‘I have been here almost four and a half years and I have enjoyed that time here – myself and also my family – so there were no questions about whether to stay or to leave,’ he told the club website. ‘A lot of things have changed, a new manager has come. I think we can start to make history and I want to be a part of that history.’ His future was the subject of some debate over the summer, but as far as Skrtel was concerned, there was never any doubt he would stay. ‘I have to say that the first priority for me was always to sign a new deal with Liverpool. ‘For me it’s a great thing to play for Liverpool. I am proud to play for Liverpool with these great players – probably some of the best players in the world. ‘I hope I can create history at this club and that the fans will always remember me – that’s my target for the future. ‘The last two seasons were really good for me – probably the best two seasons of my career. ‘If I can repeat the performances of the last two years this season I can be happy.’
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