Report: Besiktas interested in signing Liverpool's Martin Skrtel

Skrtel has fallen down the defensive pecking order at Liverpool.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel could be on his way to Besiktas in the summer, according to a report from Turkish publication Fanatik.

Skrtel has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield, and he could even sit out tomorrow night's Europa League semi-final first leg against Villarreal at El Madrigal.

With Mamadou Sakho unavailable for selection as the club awaits the outcome of the Frenchman testing positive for a drugs test, Kolo Toure is expected to partner Dejan Lovren at the heart of the Reds' defence.

The report says that Besiktas have interest in both Skrtel and Torino's Kamil Glik as they plan for next season.

Having signed a new deal last summer, some will have not expected Skrtel's future at Liverpool to be in doubt so soon, but he has not been a regular in the starting line-up since December - when a hamstring injury kept him on the sidelines - and an unconvincing performance against Southampton which proved costly has damaged his stock with fans somewhat. 

Joel Matip will arrive at Liverpool in the summer on a free transfer from Schalke, and if manager Jurgen Klopp feels the Slovakian defender is not worthy of a place in his starting XI next season, then it may be time for Skrtel to move on. He would command a decent fee and the wages that would be moved off the wage bill could be significant. 

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