Rodgers prepared to 'fight' to keep Skrtel at Liverpool

The newly appointed boss is adamant that his highly rated central defender will still be plying his trade at Anfield in the upcoming season amid interest from home and abroad

Brendan Rodgers insists that he will “fight” to keep Martin Skrtel at Liverpool, despite claims from the player that he has attracted a number of clubs.

The newly appointed boss has identified the central defender as a key part of his plans for the forthcoming campaign and is understandably eager to keep the 27-year-old at the club, dismissing claims of interest from other teams.

However, Skrtel, who was voted as the club’s player of the season last term, has recently been quoted in the Slovakian media claiming that Liverpool have received "a number of offers" for his services, with exclusively revealing at the end of last season that Manchester City, Juventus and AC Milan had made discreet enquires.

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"No. I’ve heard nothing from any other club." Rodgers told the Daily Telegraph.

"Martin has been fantastic and seems happy and contented. He fits into my plans and ideas. I will fight as hard as I can to keep the players that I want here and he is one of them.

“Unfortunately there is always that rumour, speculation and gossip and until the window closes that will continue.”

Luis Suarez is another player at Anfield whose future at the club has been subject to speculation recently, but the Liverpool boss has confirmed that informal talks with the Uruguay international have left him confident that the striker will still be on Merseyside next season.

He added: "I'm confident he is really looking forward to playing for us this season and is really looking forward to this way of football,

"I have spoken to him and had nothing but positivity from him. He is obviously at the Olympics and I wish him well, but I will wish him better when he comes back.”

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