Liverpool take steps to secure Skrtel future

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Liverpool have offered defender Martin Skrtel an improved contract to keep the Slovakian at Anfield until at least the summer of 2016.

New Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen on keeping the 27-year-old on Merseyside for the foreseeable future and sees him as an integral part of consistency in his rebuilding of the squad.

Skrtel had been the subject of speculation linking him to both Manchester City and several clubs in Russia, where he played earlier in his career.

Skrtel was signed for £6.5million in 2008 by Rafa Benitez. He is thought to have had big doubts over his future earlier in the summer but has been impressed by developments since Rodgers’ appointment.

The club are hoping to have a deal sewn up in time for the new Premier League season, which begins on Saturday for Liverpool with an away trip to West Brom.

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