The Liverpool defender could be leaving Anfield for Fenerbahce under a disappointing cloud after his Instagram transgressions
Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp and Martin Skrtel
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel appeared to get himself in something of a social media storm on Wednesday, as he prepares to depart the Premier League giants, and manager Jurgen Klopp is at the heart of it - or the head of it.
A now-deleted Instagram picture on a friend's account had a comment from a poster named pharrelski with a hashtag which translates as #Kloppisad**khead.
Skrtel's own account then responded with “Last hashtag is TOP“, which lead to the original poster's hoping that "Jurgen won’t see it.”
But the Liverpool man seemed to make his opinions on the former Borussia Dortmund boss known by saying: “Hope he does!”
Below is a screen grab of the picture that is circulating on Twitter.
Skrtel and his mate slating Klopp on Instagram by the looks of it! pic.twitter.com/U6EmYi0JwN— luke (@youellco) June 29, 2016
Unsurprisingly, the player quickly came out and posted an apology for the incident on his own Instagram account, stating a friend had been running the account.
Skrtel is a well established figure at Anfield, having been there since 2008 when he made the move Zenit Saint Petersburg.
The Slovakian captain impressed in the European Championships in the 0-0 draw with England, after what was a difficult season under Jurgen Klopp.
The 31-year-old has been a key figure since arriving in on Merseyside, but injuries and the German's defensive preferences saw him restricted to just 27 appearances for the Reds - his lowest since his first year at Liverpool, when he joined midway through the season.
It's perhaps not a great surprise if indeed Skrtel is disappointed in Klopp's demoting of the defender, amid reports of an impending transfer to Fenerbahce according to Sky Sports, but the last thing he would want is for this to overshadow his nine years of service at Liverpool.
With 319 appearances to his name, Skrtel certainly deserves to be thought of fondly at Anfield, even if few Premier League strikers will miss coming up against the tough tackling centre back. Whether Reds fans will forgive him for his comments remains to be seen.