Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has admitted he thought about leaving the club in the summer.
Skrtel was linked with a move to Napoli to link up with former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez and goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
The club signed three centre-backs in Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori in the summer, and the Slovakian was left out for most of the second half of last season.
Although Jamie Carragher retired, competition for places at the club looked to be fierce.
He said in an interview with the Daily Mail: ‘When you are not playing, everything goes around your head. I won’t lie. I thought about leaving. But there was something else to think about: I have been here nearly six years. My family like the city and we are settled.
‘To leave would not be easy. I said to myself, ‘I will fight’. I wanted to show everyone I can play. The competition is helping everyone. I am back in the team and doing everything possible to stay there. Liverpool are still one of the biggest clubs in the world.
‘When you play in front of the fans at Anfield, it is unique. I wanted to stay. I am happy I did.’
Now, it just seems unthinkable that the Slovak will want to leave with Liverpool only two points off the top of the table, with Skrtel seemingly in the best form he has ever been in for the Reds, and starting every week.
It might take a dramatic turn in fortunes for Skrtel to feel in such a position again.
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