Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers vows to ‘fight hard’ to keep Martin Skrtel
Brendan Rodgers says he will fight to keep Martin Skrtel after the Liverpool defender claimed there are clubs chasing his signature
Brendan Rodgers has vowed to “fight hard” to keep Martin Skrtel at Liverpool amid reported interest from Manchester City, AC Milan and Juventus.
The 27-year-old has scored seven goals in 164 appearances for the Reds since moving from Zenit St Petersburg to Anfield in a £6.5m deal in January 2008.
The Slovakia international hinted his Liverpool future was in doubt after the club’s disappointing performance in the Premier League last season.
“There exists a number of offers but without the permission of Liverpool nothing can move forward,” Skrtel said on Thursday.
“We have been in talks about a new contract but it has not moved forward. At the moment I am a Liverpool player and what happens in future in football you can never foresee.”
However, Rodgers, who replaced Kenny Dalglish at the Anfield helm in May, underlined his desire to keep Skrtel and promised to do everything in his power to keep the defender at the club.
“No. I’ve heard nothing from any other club,” Rodgers told the Daily Telegraph.
“Martin has been fantastic and seems happy and contented. He fits into my plans and ideas. I will fight as hard as I can to keep the players that I want here and he is one of them.
“Unfortunately there is always that rumour, speculation and gossip and until the window closes that will continue.”
Rodgers also expects Luis Suárez to stay at Liverpool, with the Uruguay international currently preparing to take part in the Olympic Games.
“I’m confident he is really looking forward to playing for us this season and is really looking forward to this way of football,” Rodgers added.
“I have spoken to him and had nothing but positivity from him. He is obviously at the Olympics and I wish him well, but I will wish him better when he comes back.”