Report: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel Set to Hand in Transfer Request

Sam BecroftContributor IIIMay 12, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Martin Skrtel of Liverpool gestures during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield on February 19, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Michael Regan/Getty Images is reporting that the Slovakian is preparing to hand in a transfer request this summer.

Skrtel has been a key player for Liverpool this season featuring in all but three of the club's Premier League games. He has been one of the more consistent performers in a campaign riddled with erratic play.

His partnership with Daniel Agger has been crucial to helping Liverpool record the third-best defence in the league.

However, Skrtel is frustrated with Liverpool's lack of success and ability to compete for the Premier League title. He reportedly has Champions League aspirations and is looking to move on to a club currently challenging for major honours. is also claiming that Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt are on the way out of Anfield.

Here is what Dalglish had to say regarding transfers at a recent press conference:

“We are not looking to move anyone out. The only one who will be leaving is Fabio because his contract is up.

“The transfer market always brings up surprises but what the surprises are  going to be I can’t help you because I’m not clairvoyant. But what I can say is  that we are not actively looking to move anyone out.”

Liverpool's dismal efforts this season have made serious change in the upcoming transfer window inevitable; the squad is littered with under-performing, overpaid players who need to leave the club.

Martin Skrtel would be a huge loss for Liverpool and would leave a gaping hole in the centre of the defence. Jamie Carragher is past it while Sebastian Coates has shown he needs to improve before becoming a first-team regular.

Skrtel joined Liverpool in January 2008 from Zenit Saint Petersburg for £6.5 million. He has gone on to make 173 appearances for Liverpool in his four seasons with the club.