Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel signs new long-term deal at Anfield
Martin Skrtel wants to help Liverpool "create history" after the Slovakian defender signed a new long-term deal at the club
Martin Skrtel has expressed his desire to “create history” with Liverpool after signing a new long-term deal at Anfield.
The 27-year-old impressed for the Reds last season as the Slovakia international developed a fruitful partnership with Daniel Agger, keeping Jamie Carragher out of the first-team.
“I’m happy because I am a part of one of the biggest clubs in the world,” Skrtel told Liverpool’s website.
“After last season there was a lot of talk about my future but I have to say that the first priority for me was always to sign a new deal with Liverpool.
“For me it’s a great thing to play for Liverpool. I am proud to play for Liverpool with these great players – probably some of the best players in the world.
“I hope I can create history at this club and that the fans will always remember me – that’s my target for the future.”
Skrtel has scored seven goals in 167 appearances for the Reds after completing a £6.5m deal from Zenit St Petersburg in 2008.
The defender was linked with a move away from Liverpool this summer amid reported interest from Manchester City, but Skrtel insisted he never had any plans to quit the club.
“I have been here almost four and a half years and I have enjoyed that time here – myself and also my family,” added Skrtel.
“So there were no questions about whether to stay or to leave.
“A lot of things have changed, a new manager has come. I think we can start to make history and I want to be a part of that history.
“We have our target. For this season it is the top four and I hope we can do it. Then we will see.
“I think Brendan Rodgers showed his quality with Swansea and now he’s carrying on doing that at Liverpool.
“He’s showed he’s a great manager and I hope we can play better football than we did in the last seasons and I hope we can get our target.”