The reasons Liverpool are right to offer Martin Skrtel a new deal

Skrtel signed for the club in 2007 from Zenit St Petersburg and has played a prominent role under four different Liverpool managers.

Liverpool are to open discussions with defender Martin Skrtel over a new contract at Anfield according to reports in both the local and national press last night with the 30-year-old running into the last 18 months of his contract.

The Reds defence has been under intense scrutiny for the last season and a half now with Brendan Rodgers' side letting in 50 Premier League goals last season, and their defence hasn't improved much this term, as they have only kept the six clean sheets from 21 games. 

The Slovakian became the most regular centre-back last season when he impressed during a 1-0 win over Manchester United and was probably the stand-out performer at the back this term.

Some will question whether he is the kind of defender best suited to Brendan Rodgers's methods but there are several reasons it's right to give him a new deal.

This Liverpool side is going to need all the experience it can get with Steven Gerrard departing the club in the summer, while Kolo Toure has claimed to have heard nothing from the club with regarding a new contract. Having someone who has been at the club for seven years and more tied down to a new contract for pretty much the remainder of his best years is vital.

There are still a lot of players at the club under 25, in fact the core of the starting XI next season could be under that age.

Secondly, there have been a lot of changes at the back and keeping Skrtel at the club allows at least an element of stability. Glen Johnson is out of contract in the summer and is likely to depart, Daniel Agger left in the summer while Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno, Javier Manquillo and Dejan Lovren have all arrived within the space of 18 months.

Simon Mignolet also falls into that bracket and that's a lot of upheaval for one part of the team that is trying to find a formula to tighten up. With the Belgian putting in some less than convincing performances in goal this season, which saw Brad Jones take his place in the side for a spell, one can expect Liverpool are looking for a change in that area, with Fiorentina's Norberto Neto being linked with a move to the Reds.

Too much upheaval may have contributed to Liverpool's problems at the back and it's good to see they are intent on retaining some kind of constant with Skrtel, as a run in the side for Mamadou Sakho appears to have shown the Frenchman can do a good job as he appears to be producing his best form since arriving at Anfield.

Skrtel may have faults to his game, but there needs to be some sort of constant at the back to make the Reds a more solid unit under Brendan Rodgers. He may not be the most vocal or more experienced, but he is a player that knows what playing for the club is all about and has some positive attributes to his game.

Keeping Skrtel at the back club for the medium term at least represents some welcome stability.

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