Slovakian signs long-term contract at Anfield.
“I’m happy because I am a part of one of the biggest clubs in the world,” said Skrtel.
“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 was signed from Zenit in January 2008 and has made 175 appearances for the Reds to date.
He and his family are happy with their life away from the pitch, and the Slovakia international is confident new boss Brendan Rodgers can ensure he stays equally content with matters on it.
“I have been here almost four and a half years and I have enjoyed that time here – myself and also my family,” said 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.”
SOURCE: Liverpool Official Website
Fantastic news for Liverpool.
Centre-half Martin Skrtel had been linked with a move to Champions Manchester City earlier in the summer but has now committed his future to Liverpool for the foreseeable future.
Strangely City have since turned their attentions to his defensive partner Daniel Agger – and there is still a possibility that the Dane could be sold for the right price.
Agger’s sending-off in Liverpool’s opening match of the season – a 3-0 defeat to West Brom – highlighted how thin on the ground Brendan Rodgers’ defensive cover is.
In Agger’s absence, the ageing Jamie Carragher is likely to start against – ironically – City in the Red’s next match and a big performance from Skrtel next Sunday at Anfield will be essential if Liverpool are to get any sort of result against the Champions.
The Reds woeful eighth-placed finish last season was down to poor finishing rather than defensive frailties and if Rodgers is to improve on that this season, it’s essentially that Skrtel continues to perform consistently.
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