However, question marks still hang over Slovak’s future at the club.
Liverpool have received no bids whatsoever from Serie A high-flyers Napoli for their unsettled defender Martin Skrtel, says Reds head coach Brendan Rodgers in the Daily Mail.
According to numerous reports in the British press on Thursday, the Merseyside giants had turned down an offer of £10 million from the Italians, who are now managed by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, for the Slovakia international.
Skrtel’s future at Anfield has been placed under a cloud all summer long after the 28-year-old central defender reportedly fell out of favour with his boss midway through the previous campaign.
The centre back barely featured for the Reds following their 2-1 loss at arch-rivals Manchester United in the Premier League at Old Trafford back in February, a defeat that the Northern Irishman then went on to blame on Skrtel, who Rodgers said was lacking leadership skills.
And as a result, the Liverpool manager then decided to reintroduce veteran defender Jamie Carragher in Skrtel’s place as Daniel Agger’s partner at the back for the remainder of the campaign, so prompting a raft of stories that the player, who has featured in over 200 games for the club, was on his way out of Anfield this summer.
However, Rodgers has now confirmed that there was no such offer for Skrtel, saying: “There has been no bid for Martin Skrtel,’ Rodgers added. ‘I’ve not been told of that. First I have heard of it this morning. Ian Ayre, our managing director, does a terrific job and he would inform me straight away if something like that happened.”