Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed than centre back Martin Skrtel was not happy about being left out against Newcastle at the weekend.
The Slovakian defender has recently returned from a groin injury which kept him out for the games against Bournemouth and Everton but he was fit and available for the 2-2 draw at Anfield. The German manager decided to use Kolo Toure instead and he told Liverpoolfc.com:
“Martin Skrtel was not happy that he did not start [against Newcastle], but overall he’s cool.“He was never really injured when I got here. He could train, play, rest, but then he was injured. Came back, little injury. Back, little injury. Back, a little fit. If we need him he can play. We have other players so we can say ‘come on, a few days more’. We have Martin, Dejan, Kolo, Lucas and Tiago Ilori so we have a few players who can play centre-half.”
There has been increased speculation over the 31 year old’s future in recent weeks with ESPN FC even claiming that the the player wants to move on in the summer. Skrtel revealed last year that he rejected Inter Milan to stay at the Reds this season after signing a new long term contract but he may wait and see if he is picked by Klopp in the remaining matches, and most importantly against Villarreal in the Europa League, to see whether his future lies with the Reds.