Martin Skrtel’s good performances of late seem set to earn him a new contract at Anfield, according to reports on Monday evening.
The Guardian claims Brendan Rodgers is keen on keeping the 30-year-old at the club for longer than the 18 months he has left on his current deal, especially with other experienced stars like Steven Gerrard and, potentially, Lucas Leiva leaving.
Skrtel is clearly very happy on Merseyside still, and took to his website at the weekend having celebrated seven years with the Reds.
“It is a great honour for me to play seven years for Liverpool. We’ve had some great moments together and I am really happy I am part of this all. Liverpool are now in my heart,” he said.
The Slovakian’s form has been improved of late, having looked rather erratic at times earlier on in the season. It comes as no surprise that his improvement coincides with Mamadou Sakho and Emre Can coming into the defence alongside him. He is only ever as good as the defence he is playing in.
It’s widely acknowledged that Skrtel is Rodgers’ first-choice centre-back, and although this is debatable he remains an important member of a young squad.
Keep an eye on This Is Anfield for an analysis of Skrtel’s form since changing to three at the back, online later today.
Meanwhile, new contracts for Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling are expected soon too.