Defender open to Anfield exit

Liverpool defender Martin SkrtelMartin Skrtel’s agent has revealed that his client would consider a summer switch from Liverpool to Napoli.

The Slovakian international’s future at Anfield is far from certain, after manager Brendan Rodgers elected to drop him in favour of Jamie Carragher after some shaky displays last season.

This has led to rumours that the no-nonsense defender could walk away from Merseyside this summer, particularly with the Reds courting targets that would rival him for a starting berth.

Skrtel was voted Liverpool’s player of the season after the 2011/12 Premier League campaign, but his agent, Karol Csonto, has admitted that a move to Napoli – where he would link up with former boss Rafael Benitez – could tempt his client.

“Between Martin Skrtel and Rafa Benitez is a professional relationship that has gone on from the years they spent together at Liverpool,” he is quoted by talkSPORT via Radio Crc.

“[Napoli midfielder] Marek Hamsik and Skrtel are very good friends and they met last week. The midfielder requested information from Martin about Benitez, while Skrtel has asked questions about Napoli.

“But I think that if Napoli want to take Skrtel, they should first talk to Liverpool.”

Rodgers is said to see Skrtel as more of a squad player than a regular starter, and could sacrifice him in order to raise funds for summer additions.

The Northern Irishman is keen on Schalke’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Tiago Ilori of Sporting Lisbon, both of whom operate as centre-backs.

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