Whilst Brendan Rodgers faces an important summer, trying to rebuild a squad that can compete for the Premier League’s top four, and – looking further ahead – the title, it would probably be fair to say that tying Marti Skrtel down to a new contract would be one of the most important signings he could make.
Promisingly, according to the Liverpool Echo, the Slovakian has hinted that, whilst speculation over his future persists, he is committed to finishing the year strongly, and optimistic that a new deal can be agreed.
“Almost every single transfer window, there is always talk about myself leaving Liverpool and interest from other clubs.
“But as it stands, I still have a contract with Liverpool, I have an offer from Liverpool and we’ll see where we finish [with those talks].
“I am fully committed to Liverpool,” he said.
The 30-year-old has been a stalwart of the side during this period of transition, and has remained consistent throughout the campaign. With a relatively young, and inexperienced defence around him, keeping him at the club beyond the final year of his contract is integral if Rodgers wants a side that can challenge near the top in the next few seasons.
Our back line could lose Glen Johnson and Kolo Toure this summer, as their contracts are set to expire, meaning that Skrtel is arguably the sole representative of experience in the side. Emre Can has been fantastic, but in an ideal world, it would be nice to see him back in midfield, however, the injury to Jon Flanagan seems to have prevented that. Meanwhile, whilst Mamadou Sakho has been impressive this year, Dejan Lovren has struggled to find any consistency, and thus, his confidence has suffered.
There is little doubt that new signings are required this summer, but, perhaps one of the most important signatures to be obtained is already one of our own.