Date: 12th February 2014 at 8:17am
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It is hard to believe that Martin Skrtel could have left Liverpool in the summer as he had slipped down Brendan Rodgers’ pecking order. Skrtel did have a poor season last term and there was a lot of talk about him leaving in the summer and the giant defender has admitted that he did think about quitting Anfield.

Speaking in the Liverpool Echo, Skrtel said, “I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about leaving.

“It wasn’t easy for me after last season. I was on the bench in the second part of the season and that was something new for me.

“But it is not easy to leave a club like Liverpool because they are still one of the best clubs in the world. After six years here it was not easy to say ‘okay, I’m leaving’.

“Before this season started I just said to myself ‘I will fight and work very hard to try to show people I am able to play and start the games’.

“I tried to work very hard in training every day and when I got a chance to play I tried to do my best to help the team.

“After games like Saturday’s I am just so glad and so happy that I stayed.

“Liverpool are a massive club and I just wanted to prove to people I am able to play for this club.”

Skrtel has been one of Liverpool’s best players this season even though our defence has leaked in many goals. One just has to look at his performance on Saturday against Arsenal to see how vital he is in the side both in attack and defence.

It would have been a huge blow if Skrtel had left in the summer but thankfully we still have him around. Rodgers bolstered our central defence by brining in Toure, Sakho and Ilori in the summer and now couple that with Skrtel and Agger, we are not short of quality options in the backline. Injuries have not helped though this season but thankfully our depth in that department has carried us through.