Photo: Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel signing new contract

Martin Skrtel has signed a new contract with Liverpool.

As per the photo above, the wait is over regarding Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel’s protracted new contract as he puts pen to paper on a three-year extension.

The Slovakia international’s future came under speculation at the back-end of last season as the centre-back headed into the summer with just 12 months of his deal remaining.

Still regarded as a key first-team member, the Reds were keen to tie the 30-year-old down but initially hit a snag over the first proposal, with Skrtel labelling the deal unacceptable.

“I think a contract like this is offered to players who are much older than me, or to players who have had health complications,” Skrtel was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo at the beginning of June.

Nonetheless, further negotiations ensued and a deal in principle was reached before Friday’s official signing, with Skrtel extending his seven-year stay on Merseyside.

On hearing the news, fellow defender Jose Enrique took to social networking site Twitter to congratulate Skrtel, writing: “Congratulations my friend you deserve it so much. The Rock!”

Skrtel joined the Reds in 2008 from Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg and has gone on to make 293 appearances for the club in all competitions.

His only trophy feat to date on Merseyside is a League Cup triumph in 2012, but following his extension he will no doubt be given plenty more opportunities to taste further success.

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