Liverpool star defender Martin Skrtel is reportedly completely unhappy with the direction that the team is going in and will be seeking a transfer. According to Mirror Football’s sources, the 27-year-old is looking to play in the Champions League, and the fact that the Anfield side keeps failing to qualify has greatly upset Skrtel.
The Slovak centre-back has been with the club since 2008 and has seen the immense amount of dollars being poured into transfers result in little success.
It puts the Reds in a tough situation. They can either keep the man given the Liverpool Player of the Season in 2012, making him unhappy, or they can choose to let him transfer and lose one of their top players.
Considering that Liverpool just sacked Kenny Dalgish after another disappointing Premier League season, the side definitely doesn’t seem headed back to top-flight form anytime soon.
Here is what Karol Csonto—Skrtel’s agent—has to say about his client’s chances of staying (h/t Mirror Football):
Some changes have been made at the club and the player wants to know what the aims and ambitions are. We want to discuss with Liverpool what they want and, of course, we will discuss the issue of Martin's new contract.
You cannot say Liverpool won't play in the Champions League. It is a big club and because they haven't made it this year doesn't mean they would not next. There are expectations on both sides, though.
It seems that Csonto is implying that the American owners, John Henry and Tom Werner, will have to open their wallets in order to get Skrtel to stay at Anfield. That would certainly be one way to keep the man happy if the team isn’t performing up to expectations.
Either way, though, Liverpool will either soon be saying goodbye to Skrtel or paying him a lot of money.