Why Liverpool supporters will despair at this report regarding Martin Skrtel's contract

Martin Skrtel is said to be in talks over a new contract, but reports today suggest that those discussions may have hit a snag.

Liverpool supporters probably viewed a report in the Daily Mail this morning with a sense of despair, as rumours suggesting that contract discussions with another key figure at the club have stalled. 

Martin Skrtel's current deal runs until the end of next season and with some of the more seasoned members of the squad expected to depart in the summer - with Steven Gerrard already confirming he is off to MLS to play for LA Galaxy - it is imperative that the Reds get one of their most experienced and consistent performers tied down to a new deal - possibly for the rest of his career.

The defender's representatives are said to be in talks with the club over a three-year deal, with an option for an extra year beyond that - but the report in the Mail suggests that Liverpool want Skrtel to play a certain amount of games in order for him to receive his full salary.

What if he gets injured? He can hardly be held to account for that. There is the argument that if he loses form then the club are covered, but it seems as though Liverpool are trying to save pennies rather than pounds and taking a Jim Royle approach to their contract negotiations - if indeed this report is accurate. 

It's the last thing the Reds need when it comes to negotiating deals off the field. Many fans are still unhappy with the treatment Gerrard received and believe that he should have been handed fresh terms last summer instead of talks being delayed - which in part may have led to him taking the decision to leave his boyhood club. 

They have made some progress by securing the futures of Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho, but with the saga surrounding Raheem Sterling's proposed new deal, the last thing the club need is for reports such as this to emerge. They should, surely, be looking to remove any obstacles when it comes to signing their best players to new deals, not putting them in the way. 

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