• Defender lost place in Brendan Rodgers’s side in January
• ‘If an offer were to come in I would consider it seriously’
Martin Skrtel has confirmed he would consider leaving Liverpool this summer having endured “one of the worst seasons in my career”.
Brendan Rodgers is looking to sign two central defenders having lost Jamie Carragher to retirement and been unconvinced by Sebastián Coates. The Liverpool manager has stated that Skrtel remains in his plans but, following a testing campaign when he lost his first-team place and attracted criticism from Rodgers, the Slovakia international has admitted his Anfield future is in doubt.
Skrtel said: “I have not had any specific offers but if some should come and they interest me, I would probably consider it seriously. The club has the biggest say in this in any case, because they have the right for it with me being contracted. I am not saying that I want to leave at any cost. I feel sorry for what happened in this season. But I have been here for five and a half years and I have built a position here.”
The 28-year-old was dropped following the Premier League defeat at Manchester United in January and suffered a miserable recall in the FA Cup exit at League One Oldham Athletic a fortnight later.
Skrtel added: “It was one of the worst seasons in my career and certainly the worst during my time at Liverpool. After the game at Manchester United, the coach decided he wanted to change the team and justified to me that we lacked the organisation and defensive leadership personality. That was Carragher.
“Obviously I was not happy, it bugged me. On the other hand, I realise that only 11 can play and the 11 the coach chooses now is without me. I decided to add even more in training, so I was ready for a chance to show that I belong on the field, and not on the pitch.”
Rodgers has lined up Kolo Touré as a free signing once his contract expires at Manchester City this summer while Schalke’s Greece international Kyriakos Papadopoulos is Liverpool’s leading defensive target.
The defender Danny Wilson has signed a three-year contract with Hearts, where he spent the second half of last season on loan, following his release at Anfield.
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