Report: Liverpool ready to open talks over new contract with Martin Skrtel

Liverpool are allegedly set to open contract talks with defender Martin Skrtel.

According to reports from The Guardian, Liverpool are ready to open talks over a new contract with defender Martin Skrtel.

The centre back, 30, has been with the club for seven years having arrived from Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg for £6m back in 2008, and he's proven to be one of Rafael Benitez's best signings.

Having played 18 of Liverpool's 21 Premier League games this season, it's fair to say that the Slovakian international has been one of the regular's in Brendan Rodgers' seemingly ever changing defence.

In fact, the virtual ever present has been praised by manager Rodgers recently, particularly after scoring a dramatic late equaliser against Arsenal in December, where Rodgers told press that Skrtel was a 'warrior'.

Working to extend Skrtel's contract is a step in the right direction from the Reds, and he appears to be on a list of priorities for Liverpool alongside midfielder Jordan Henderson and forward Raheem Sterling when it comes to offering new deals.

The news comes at an interesting time for Skrtel, with the Liverpool official website publishing quotes from the defender on Monday about how the club is 'in his heart' having been on Merseyside for so long now.

"It is a great honour for me to play seven years for Liverpool," Skrtel is quoted as saying. "We've had some great moments together and I am really happy that I am part of this all. Liverpool are now in my heart."

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