Skrtel confirms he considered Liverpool exit

Martin Skrtel was ready to leave Liverpool last summer, ESPN has reported, having been dropped by manager Brendan Rodgers.

Skrtel saw little action in the second half of the season as Rodgers preferred the experience of Jamie Carragher, who retired at the close of the campaign. Rodgers then brought in three centre-backs ahead of the new season and Skrtel admits he was ready to move on from Anfield.

“It wasn’t easy for me after last season because I was on the bench in the second part of the season and that was something new for me,” Skrtel said.

“I would be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking [about leaving] but it is not easy to leave a club like Liverpool because they are still one of the best in the world,” he added. “After the six years I spent here it was not easy to say ‘Okay, I’m leaving’ but after games like Saturday’s I am glad I stayed.”

Skrtel scored twice as Liverpool beat Arsenal 5-1 on Saturday and are currently fourth in the Premier League table, seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

“Liverpool are a massive club and I just wanted to prove to people I am able to play for this club and I am happy I stayed and we will see how we go on,” the Slovakia international said.

“For this season I just said to myself ‘I will fight and work very hard to try to show I am able to play and start the games’, and it is working at the moment. I will try to carry on this way until the end of the season.

“I knew the last season wasn’t the best for me and I made a few mistakes and cost us some points but this season I think it is much better and I try to work very hard on staying in the team.”

Skrtel moved to the Reds in 2008, having previously played for Zenit St Petersburg. The 29-year-old has made 231 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals.

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