Liverpool media round-up: Reds legend praises £20m summer signing in local press

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Skrtel celebrates Liverpool landmark

Martin Skrtel celebrated his seven year anniversary at Liverpool on Sunday, having made his £6m move from Zenit St. Petersburg back in 2008, and the Slovakian says that the club is 'in his heart' as reported by the official Liverpool website today.

"It is a great honour for me to play seven years for Liverpool," said Skrtel. "We've had some great moments together and I am really happy that I am part of this all. Liverpool are now in my heart," he added, having played a big part in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

Aldridge heaps praise on Markovic

In that victory over Sunderland, Serbian winger Lazar Markovic was vital. After having an early penalty appeal turned down, Markovic scored the winning goal and then almost volleyed home a stunning second, only to see his acrobatic volley cannon back off the crossbar.

It felt like a breakout performance from the former Benfica man, who has struggled to make an impact so far this season since signing for £20m in the summer, and Reds legend John Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo that the 20-year-old beginning to show what he can do.

"He was outstanding on Saturday, particularly in the first half," said Aldridge. "He got a goal, should have had a penalty and nearly cracked in a goal of the season contender!"

"This lad is 20 years of age, moving for a big price to a big club. Liverpool’s transfer committee gets a lot of stick - some of it deserved, by the way – but they bought Markovic for the long-term. If he hit the ground running, then it was a bonus, but it wasn’t to be expected. New signings need time, whether we like it or not. Now, we’re seeing the reasons why Markovic was signed," he added.

Assaidi ends Stoke loan, Liverpool may sell him straight on

Liverpool-owned winger Oussama Assaidi has been on loan at Stoke City for the first half of this season having spent the entirety of the last campaign with the Potters, but has found first team football harder to come by this time around.

With just one Premier League start to his name, Assaidi has been allowed to return to Liverpool six months earlier than scheduled - but it seems he won't be staying at Anfield.

According to ESPN, Assaidi's return to Merseyside won't last long, with the Reds selling the Moroccan on to Al-Ahli in the United Arab Emirates as the 26-year-old looks to end his time in England.

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