Slovakian defender unhappy at being dropped by Rodgers. Slovak
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has hinted that he may leave the Reds this summer, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The Slovakia international, who is currently on the sidelines with a knee injury, was recently dropped by manager Brendan Rodgers to be replaced by veteran centre-back Jamie Carragher, a decision the 28-year-old says he does not agree with and one that if not reversed in the near future could lead to his departure from Merseyside come the end of the season.
“He gave me some explanation, but it’s hard to tell if it was the true reason he gave me,” Skrtel told the Denik Sport newspaper. “I don’t think it was and think there is something else behind it.
“It would be useless to think about a transfer during the season even if it is true that you can move to Russia till the end of February.
“I have come across such views that it would not be correct to consider leaving a club where you have been on the bench in four or five fixtures. On the other hand, it is hard to put up with it. For three years at Liverpool I was playing in almost every match. I have had various thoughts but certainly I’m not going to make any hot-blooded decision.
“I want to be fit as soon as possible and fight for the place in the starting line-up. If the coach should lose interest in keeping me in his team, then we would have to handle it with my agent. For the present it is valid that I am at Liverpool where I have a long-term contract and I am not thinking about leaving.
“The coach has his ideas about the line-up and the question is if I would be in it if I was fit. I would say it’s likelier I wouldn’t.
“When I was healthy, I was training with the team, giving 100 per cent and doing all I could to prove to the coach that I belonged in the starting XI. I was waiting for a chance, one then came in St Petersburg, but then I was not playing again.
“However, now I’m injured and we’ll see what happens when I’m back fit. It’s hard to tell, but I would say it wouldn’t [change].”