Liverpool manager not planning on selling defender.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has denied rumours that out-of-favour defender Martin Skrtel could be sold this summer.
The Reds boss told the Liverpool Echo that the Slovakian is still in his first team plans, despite falling behind Jamie Carragher in the pecking order, and a host of centre-backs being linked with the club in the summer transfer window.
The 28-year-old has been out of the team for much of the second half of the season, and has been linked himself with a move away from the club due to a drop in form, but Rodgers has praised Skrtel for his professionalism during this difficult period.
“It has been difficult for him and I’ve acknowledged and recognised that,” he said.
“The great professional he is means his focus has been outstanding and he’s trained very, very hard everyday and has been there when he’s been required.
“We made the change a few months back and I think Jamie Carragher has arguably been one of the best defenders in the league and Daniel Agger has been fresh and played very well.
“It has been unfortunate for Martin but he has been a loyal member of the squad and is still very much part of my plans here.
“He’s happy here, he’s not in any rush to leave but players want to play. I haven’t had any concerns with Martin at all, his attitude has been first class. He is very much a part of what we are trying to do here.”
Skrtel has been a key part of the Liverpool team since arriving from Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2008, but rumours are hotting up that he could be replaced this summer by Williams from Swansea or Toulouse centre half Aymen Abdennour.
However, Carragher’s retirement at the end of the season may open up more first team opportunities for Skrtel.