Skrtel not for sale, says Liverpool boss Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has ruled out any chance of Martin Skrtel leaving Liverpool in the final week of the transfer window, the Liverpool Echo has reported, and believes the defender is well-placed to return to the kind of form that saw him named the club’s player of the year in 2011.

Skrtel has been the subject of interest from Zenit St Petersburg and Napoli, the former his club prior to moving to Anfield and the latter now coached by Rafael Benitez, the manager who brought him to Merseyside in 2008, but the current Liverpool boss, Rodgers, insists he still considers Skrtel an important part of his squad.

There has been no bid or approach for Martin,” Rodgers said. “Ian Ayre does a terrific job and always informs me straight away if there is anything in things like that. We haven’t heard anything.

I couldn’t afford to lose Martin. We want to keep our good players here and Martin is a very good player,” Rodgers added. The manager has already lost one centre-back in recent days after it was confirmed Sebastian Coates will miss most of the season with injury.

Skrtel dropped out of Rodgers’ starting XI in the second half of last season and so far in the new campaign has been behind Daniel Agger and new signing Kolo Toure in the pecking order. But Rodgers would have no qualms about returning Skrtel to the side and is sure he would perform to his best ability.

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