Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Must Bolster Defense by Keeping Martin Skrtel

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Didier Drogba of Chelsea and Martin Skrtel of Liverpool battle for the ball during the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Liverpool need to invest in their defense by retaining Martin Skrtel.

According to a report on, Skrtel will be meeting with Liverpool brass soon to determine his future with the club. Due to Liverpool's recent lack of success, speculation is that he will ask to be transferred away from the club.

If the Reds' management wishes to build a winner, they need to do everything they can to keep Skrtel on the roster. Despite a lackluster season, the defense of Skrtel and fellow defender Daniel Agger was one of the few bright spots for this team and could be a great weapon moving forward.

According to Karol Csonto, Skrtel's representative, the meeting will focus on management's plan for the club going forward:

“Some changes have been made at the club, and the player wants to know what the aims and ambitions are."

With a statement like that, Skrtel's decision to reach a new agreement with the club or leave will tell the fanbase a lot about the direction they are heading. If Skrtel does in fact decide to leave the club, then he must feel that the club isn't trying to compete right away.

When it comes to retaining Skrtel, it isn't just about securing a great talent that can anchor the defense, it's about the image of the team. If they allow a great player like Skrtel to walk, then their commitment to building the most competitive team possible has to come into question.

In order to improve the club, they need to first focus on retaining what they have while developing and adding pieces to supplement the club's weaknesses. Allowing Skrtel to walk will only create another hole instead of allowing the Reds to focus on other areas of the team that need to be improved.

Retaining Skrtel will not only bolster the Reds defense but will show the fans that they are committed to building a winner.