According to a report in the Mirror, Liverpool have decided to offer Martin Skrtel a new three-year contract in order to secure his future at Anfield.
The influential defender opened up on his contract frustrations last month as he told reporters from The Sun that initial talks had gone quiet against his wishes.
The Slovakian international’s current deal at Anfield expires in the summer of 2016, putting both the player and club in a potential limbo this summer if the situation lingers on.
Yet, according to the latest reports from the Mirror, the Reds have decided to solve the problem quickly by showing Skrtel their intention of keeping him on Merseyside.
“Liverpool are offering Martin Skrtel a three-year contract extension. The Reds recently tied up vice-captain Jordan Henderson to a new long-term contract and are confident Skrtel will also sign a fresh agreement soon,” the report states.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Skrtel’s importance on Merseyside is illustrated by his defensive capabilities and leadership skills on and off the pitch.
The experienced star has been Brendan Rodgers’ most-used defender this term, averaging 9.73 clearances, 5.1 defensive duel winners and 4.47 ball recoveries per Premier League fixture.
With club captain Steven Gerrard set to leave for the MLS at the end of the current campaign, the Kop will need a new leader and someone who can be an inspirational figure to the club’s younger players.
While Jordan Henderson is the club’s vice-captain, Skrtel has proven his worth since joining in 2008 and leads by example both on and off the pitch.