Martin Skrtel has stalled over signing a new three-year deal with the Reds. The Slovakian is thought to be frustrated with a particular clause that we want inserted, requiring him to play a minimum number of games.
Best available free transfer XI: including Fiorentina goalkeeper and Manchester City man
Philippe Coutinho ranked 9th best young attacking midfielder in Europe, according to study
Liverpool transfer news
The Daily Mail confirms that the defender, who has played 45 times in all competitions this term, has been offered an additional three years with an extra year option, which could see his contract run until 2020.
An agreement looked to be close but Skrtel’s future has now been thrown back into the balance. He’s not thought to have been impressed by our requirements, with the Mail claiming that he could have to play close to 80% of our games in order to receive his full salary.
Brad Jones has also been left disappointed after claiming that the Reds have gone back on their word over a new contract. The Australian believed that he was due another 12 month extension to his current deal – which expires at the end of the season – but the Mail now believes that he is free to leave.
These stories continue a difficult series of negotiations for us. We have managed to tie down Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho in recent months and remain determined to continue progressing, despite Raheem Sterling and Skrtel still not extending deals.