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Martin Skrtel | Defensemen | #37

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/15/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 179

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Liverpool have officially sold defender Martin Skrtel to Turkish side Fenerbache.
This move has been in place for several weeks but it took a while for the deal to get finalized. Skrtel ends his eight-and-a-half year stay at Anfield where he made 242 appearances, being a starter for the majority of his time with the club. He had some pleasant memories, scoring sixteen goals with the Reds and, at times, a solid option in the fantasy game. He also had some forgettable moments, including five own goals, four of them coming in a single season (2013/2014). Dejan Lovren looks a nailed on choice at center back when the season opens, while Joel Matip looks to have the edge in a partnership with Mamadou Sakho currently dealing with a heel injury and extended time away from competitive action. Jul 14 - 10:03 AM
Source: Sky Sports

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Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim has told Turkish sports magazine AMK Spor that a deal for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is "almost done".

The 31-year-old struggled with form and fitness throughout the 2015/16 campaign and has agreed in principle to leave Anfield after almost a decade for a deal rumoured to be worth around £5million. Skrtel will be joined by Paris Saint-Germain defender Gregory van der Wiel but former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie looks set to leave the club following a disappointing season in Süper Lig. Jürgen Klopp will now look to bolster his options in defence with Kolo Toure also leaving Anfield. Liverpool have emerged as the bookies favourites to land want-away Borussia Dortmund centre-back Neven Subotic. And the transfer business could continue, despite the arrival of Sadio Mane, with Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuaín reportedly rejecting a contract extension to put the Reds on high alert.
Jun 29 - 4:54 AM

Liverpool have accepted a £5.5m offer from Istanbul club Fenerbahce that could see Martin Skrtel depart for the Turkish side this summer.

The news comes less than 24 hours after the Slovak helped his national team to their first ever win in the European Championship. Skrtel seemed to fall out of favor under Jurgen Klopp, making just four starts under the German boss when the calendar flipped to 2016, though he had battled a hamstring injury in that stretch that kept him out of contention for about six weeks. Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho were the preferred partnership for Klopp in central defense but, with Kolo Toure having been released last week, a Skrtel departure would certainly lead one to believe that Klopp will be looking at adding another player to the position this summer.
Source: Guardian
Jun 16 - 9:54 AM

Reports across England confirm Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is set to seal a transfer to Fenerbahce in the coming days.

Skrtel's agent confirmed earlier in the week that he was considering offers from China, Turkey and Germany after falling out of favor under Jurgen Klopp in an injury-plagued season. The 31-year-old signed a new three-year contract at the club just last summer under Brendan Rodgers, but is now expected to leave for the Turkish giants after the Reds accepted a £5.5million bid. The center-back made 320 appearances in eight-and-a-half seasons at the club.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 16 - 4:52 AM

Slovakia, led by a Marek Hamsik assist and match-winning goal, taste victory for the first time in a European Championship, hanging on to beat Russia, 1-2.

It was scrappy but sloppy play from both sides for most of the opening half hour, but in the 32nd minute Slovakia would break through when Hamsik delivered a pinpoint 45-yard pass down the inside-left channel to find former Manchester City product Vladimir Weiss and the latter curled it into the far corner. Hamsik then put Slovakia two goals to the good just before halftime, with a shot that pinged in off the far post from a very tight angle. Slovakia were in control for the majority of the second half but Russia would pull one back in the 80th minute and suddenly put intense pressure on Martin Skrtel and the Slovak defense but they were able to weather the storm and nab their first victory in the competition's history. Three points goes a long way toward making it out of the group stage and Slovakia are now in good shape, taking on England next in the final match before the knockout stage.
Source: Guardian
Jun 15 - 11:30 AM

The agent of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel confirmed the center-half is almost certain to leave the club this summer.

Karol Csonto told TV Markiza in Slovakia that the 31-year-old is on his way out after making only one Premier League start since the arrival of manager Jurgen Klopp: "Besiktas is one of those interested in Martin but we're haven't reached a point where I can confirm Martin is going there, or anywhere else. But I can say that it is 90 percent sure Martin will leave Liverpool, but it is far from closed." Skrtel is set to captain Slovakia at the European championships this summer, but will likely leave the club after the tournament after losing his starting role in an injury-plagued season.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 7:05 PM

Liverpool center back Martin Skrtel announced that he expects his hamstring injury to take about six weeks to recover from.

Skrtel took to Instagram to give the scoop on his injury layoff himself. He renounced the initial speculation that he would be out for multiple months and gave himself a six week timetable. While hearing it straight from the horse's mouth seems like the best place to glean information, players in any sport always tend to lean on the side of optimism when giving a timetable, so it remains to be seen how accurate the declaration is. Regardless, he is the foundation of the Reds defense and his absence will be felt. Dejan Lovren is aiming for a Boxing Day return and Mamadou Sakho is currently fit, though the latter looked horrific in Liverpool's loss to Watford. Kolo Toure is a pure backup/emergency fill-in at this stage of his career. We may see then Jurgen Klopp making one of his first objectives in the January window to sign another center back.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 09:50:00 AM

Martin Skrtel was given a torrid time during a frantic opening at Watford on Sunday before injury forced the 31-year-old off as half-time approached.

Skrtel struggled to recover after taking a knock to his lower back following a coming together with Troy Deeney which left the defender strewn on the Vicarage Road turf. After a lengthy delay due to treatment, the Slovakian was able to continue but pulled up sharply minutes later as he stretched for a long ball. The extent and precise nature of the problem is currently unknown. "Skrtel is injured, I don’t know who will come back for Boxing Day," said Jurgen Klopp post-match. Dejan Lovren could return after a scan revealed the defender did not damage knee ligaments last weekend. ‘It’s not that serious. We have to see. If he can train from next week, Tuesday or Wednesday on, he would be an option for Leicester.’
Source: The Express
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 07:20:00 AM

The Liverpool side that has done so well on the road and scored six goals midweek hit an unexpected bump as they lost to Newcastle United, 2-0.

Well, that was unexpected. Liverpool were riding a great amount of momentum heading into this one but failed to threaten the Magpies much over the course of 90 minutes. Christian Benteke started up top and missed a chance in front of goal to put the Reds up first and never did much after that. Martin Skrtel gave up his sixth career own goal when he deflected a Georginio Wijnaldum shot past Simon Mignolet. The Reds were unlucky to not level things in the 79th minute, when a volley goal by Alberto Moreno was disallowed for offside. Replays showed the left back was easily onside. Much was expected from Liverpool in fantasy this weekend and they respond with a complete dud.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 01:01:00 PM

Jurgen Klopp revealed that center back Martin Skrtel is a doubt for Liverpool's Europa League tie with Bordeaux on Thursday due to illness.

No detail in Skrtel's condition beyond that of "illness", so owners in fantasy should be feeling optimistic that the center back will be fit enough for Week 14, especially considering that he hasn't even been formally ruled out for Thursday. Skrtel put the finishing touches on the Reds impressive win at Manchester City last weekend with a goal and remains a solid fantasy option in any format. If for some reason both he and Mamadou Sakho are unavailable on Sunday against Swansea City, we may see Emre Can drop back into a center back role to partner Dejan Lovren.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 09:31:00 AM

After some verbal sparring in the media earlier in the off-season, Martin Skrtel and Liverpool have agreed on a new contract.

It isn't immediately clear how long this deal will last but the physical Slovakian center back will be patrolling the center of the defense for Liverpool for the 2015-16 season and likely at least a couple beyond that. This is good news for Liverpool who both need the help at center back as well as not needing another player relationship deteriorating into a media battle as the Raheem Sterling relationship has.
Source: Twitter.com
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 01:03:00 PM

Martin Skrtel has been quoted as being less than impressed with what Liverpool have offered him to extend his contract beyond it's current expiration at the end of the upcoming season.

"The contract which has been offered to me is unacceptable, so I did not sign it. I have one year left and there has been some speculation about the interest from other clubs. We will see what happens." Those are not the words of a player who sounds like he will be happy with the status quo. With Liverpool already facing a difficult summer trying to gain ground on Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea the prospect of losing another starter will make the job just that much harder.
Source: espnfc.com
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 02:25:00 PM

Player availability problems are beginning to mount at Liverpool with the news that Martin Skrtel has failed in his attempt to overturn a violent conduct charge by the FA landing the defender with an automatic three-match suspension.

However the Slovakian international may yet face a further charge from the Football Association [and possible extension] following a social media post insinuating the decision was made by a bunch of clowns. With a crucial game against Arsenal at the Emirates in GW31 Liverpool will be sweating on a number of key players following their withdrawal from international duty this week. Daniel Sturridge [hip] and Adam Lallana [groin] are thought to be major doubts while Dejan Lovren [abdomen], Jordon Ibe [knee] and Simon Mignolet [ankle] are all struggling. Raheem Sterling is carrying a toe problem but should be okay however captain Steven Gerrard is unavailable following his sending off for a stamp on Ander Herrera.
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 09:38:00 AM

Martin Skrtel faces a three match ban for violent conduct after an alleged stamp on David De Gea near the end of Liverpool's loss to Manchester United yesterday.

Skrtel has yet to be found guilty, so the incident is being viewed as alleged but if he is, the defender will be lost for the next three. This would have created another opportunity for Dejan Lovren to start, but he too is in the physio room with an ab problem. The Reds travel to the Emirates next after the international break so their superb road defensive form will surely be put to the test if both miss out.
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Mar 23, 2015 03:21:00 PM

Martin Skrtel is expected to recover from the concussion he suffered midweek in FA Cup action and be available, along with Mamadou Sakho, for Liverpool Monday night when they visit Swansea City.

Skrtel seems to have a history of getting a knock to the noggin a little more frequently than one would like but he also has shown a history of losing much time because of it. Expect to see him along with Emre Can in the back three. The other spot is a bit more interesting with Sakho fit. It was his spot before injury but Dejan Lovren has finally looked the player they signed in Sakho's absence and may not part with the job immediately.
Source: Express
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 03:44:00 PM