Martin Skrtel set to be awarded new long-term Liverpool contract

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Liverpool are readying a contract extension offer to Martin Skrtel, our long-serving centre-back who recently turned 30-years-old, reports the Echo.

The Slovakian marked his seventh anniversary since arriving at Anfield from Zenit St. Petersburg for £6.5m on Sunday, and while he hasn’t always been exemplary, few fans would argue that in that time he’s proved serious value for money.

Last term, he outscored every defender in Europe, and played a key role in the 2013/14 title push. His current deal expires in 2016, but the new one should see him remain on Merseyside until he considers retirement.

Like most of our defenders, Skrtel has struggled at times this season, but since we switched to the 3-4-3, he’s played well as the central, pivotal defender – and is one of the first names on the team-sheet.

Now 30, Skrtel has hit his prime years as a central defender, and with many youngsters now in the first-team, his experience will likely be crucial to us going forward, even though many supporters would like to see him replaced.

Barring injury, he’ll start versus Aston Villa at the weekend.

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