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Martin Skrtel is Not For Sale

What began as whispers early in the summer grew louder last week, as rumours linking Martin Skrtel with a move away from Anfield were fuelled by the player's admission that contract talks with Liverpool hadn't been going as well as he had hoped. It hasn't taken long, however, for manager Brendan Rodgers to quell any such rumours by stating his determination to include Skrtel in the club's future plans. Given the uncertainty that would have come from replacing a key part of one of the league's top defences, no matter the fee received in return, this is exceptionally good news for Liverpool fans.

"I’ve heard nothing from any other club," said Rodgers when asked about the status of the centre back on Sunday. "Martin has been fantastic and seems happy and contented. He fits in...