Martin Skrtel explains how he felt when Steven Gerrard said he was leaving Liverpool

Skrtel, like the rest of the Liverpool side, would like to say goodbye to their captain in the most fitting way possible by picking up some silverware at the business end of the season.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel admitted he was shocked when Steven Gerrard announced he was leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of the season. 

Gerrard confirmed he will be heading to the USA to play in the MLS with LA Galaxy among the favourites to land his signature, and Slovakian defender Skrtel admitted he was surprised when he read newspaper reports about the 34-year-old's impending departure.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "He’s been here for such a long time and when he’s not here after this season it’s going to be different. It won’t be the same.

“It will be difficult without him. He’s the leader on the pitch. He’s a great player and a nice guy as well.

“We will miss him both on and off the pitch. It will be really difficult to replace him.

“He has made his decision and we have to respect it. It’s up to him and his family. He knows what is best for them."

As a result there is a lot of determination within the club for the Reds to give Gerrard at least a piece of silverware for him to finish his time at Anfield with. The Reds are currently in the semi-finals of the League Cup and face a very tough two-legged affair against Chelsea, while the date for the FA Cup final falls on Gerrard's 35th birthday.

There is the emotional element, but the objective of this season from the outset from manager Brendan Rodgers has been to lift some silverware. It seems the players would love to win the oldest cup competition for one of the club's greatest ever players.

Skrtel will be one of the more experienced players left at the club when Gerrard departs, and therefore will be one of th members of the squad expected to step up and take more responsibility within the squad. 

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